Ledesma's Lazio love rekindled

Argentine midfielder pleased to leave troubles in the past

Ledesma: Happy to stay

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Cristian Ledesma is looking to put his recent troubles behind him and claims he never wanted to leave Lazio.

The Argentine midfielder has endured a frustrating 2009/10 campaign, having been frozen out of the picture at Stadio Olimpico for long periods.

Contractual disagreements with club chairman Claudio Lotito saw him dropped indefinitely from first-team activities.

As a result, the 27-year-old sought to have his contract terminated, asking the Italian authorities to back his cause.

He had seen former team-mate Goran Pandev secure a similar release a few weeks earlier and felt such action was the only viable option available to him.

However, the issue finally appears to have been laid to rest, with Ledesma drafted back into action over recent weeks.

A change in the dugout, with Edoardo Roja replacing Davide Ballardini at the helm, has helped, providing him with a clean slate.

Dedicated

The South American star has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and insists he would now be happy to see out his playing days at Lazio.

"Lazio is my home," he wrote on his personal website.

"My family and those who know me well know that I would happily dedicate myself to these colours for life.

"I would seriously like to do that in the future.

"At the moment I am only thinking about giving my all on the field and I am trying to forget about the difficult situations of the past.

"Thankfully, under the new coach, I am back wearing the jersey and I can continue my work here."