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Mixed feelings for Ciani after Lazio move

August 28, 2012
By Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

French defender Michael Ciani expressed both excitement and regret after leaving Bordeaux to join Lazio in a reported €2 million deal.

Michael Ciani
PA PhotosMichael Ciani has made the switch to Italy

Ciani, 28, has signed a deal until 2016 and will play under coach Vladimir Petkovic.

"I'm happy, but sad too," he said. "I will gain more experience - it's a big league. I will play against Juventus, the two Milan clubs and Roma.

"There are great players, and I think it's good for me to see another country. I'll give everything because I want to work my way back into the French national team.

"I'm very happy to join Lazio but a little disappointed because I loved my old team and team-mates. I hope to do a good job."

Ciani hopes to follow in the footsteps of Lilian Thuram, who left Monaco for Parma in 1996 and went on to star for Juventus and Barcelona. "Thuram was a symbol for the French, and I want to achieve the same career as him in Italy," he said.

Bordeaux head coach Francis Gillot said he was sad to be losing his captain. "It's a pity," Gillot said. "Micka is a good player and a great man, and it's always difficult to lose a player like him.

"The fact that Lazio wanted him proves his value. I love this guy and I wish him the best for his future career."