Rozehnal sticks with Lazio

Defender turns loan into permanent arrangement

Rozehnal: Staying with Lazio

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Newcastle United defender David Rozehnal has completed a permanent move to Lazio.

Rozehnal joined Lazio on loan at the end of the January transfer window with the option of a long-term deal at Stadio Olimpico.

The Italian club have exercised their right to buy the Czech Republic international, who only joined Newcastle 12 months ago.

He cost the Magpies £2.9million from Paris Saint Germain and the Premier League club have confirmed that figure has been recouped.

Rozehnal, who is currently on Euro 2008 duty with the Czechs, had signed a four-year contract at St James' Park.

Though he had featured regularly under former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce, he was allowed to move on by current boss Kevin Keegan.

The 27-year-old, who can also play a midfield holding role, made 25 appearances for Newcastle, the last of which was the 3-0 League defeat to Arsenal at the end of January.