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Candreva extends Lazio contract

Italy winger Antonio Candreva has extended his contract with Lazio, curtailing speculation of a January move.

Candreva penned a five-year contract just 11 months ago, but Lazio officials have chosen to act with a number of European clubs reportedly eyeing a move for the 27-year-old.

Since moving to the Stadio Olimpico in January 2012 Candreva has scored 23 goals in 113 appearances for the Biancocelesti and has amassed 23 caps for Italy, including a place in the national squad for the Confederations Cup and World Cup in Brazil.

Despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain in June and a sluggish start to the season which sees Lazio sit 12th in Serie A, the 27-year-old is delighted to remain in the capital.

"I have renewed my contract with Lazio, I am really happy," Candreva told Lazio's official radio station.

"There is a lot of satisfaction. When I think back to two-and-a-half years ago, I never thought I would get to this point.

"I thank the president for keeping his word, despite the many rumours that there around. I read that I had bought houses in every city."

Lazio, who have also extended the contract of Ogenyi Onazi, welcome Udinese to the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday as they look to recover from Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Genoa.