Lazio confirm Marcelo Bielsa appointment

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The Biancocelesti were rumoured to be lining up an offer for the Argentine tactician, nicknamed 'El Loco', and the deal was finally confirmed by the club on Wednesday afternoon.

"As has already been circulated by the media, Lazio can now announce that the contract of Mr Marcelo Bielsa and his assistants has been signed," read an official club statement.

"The club would also like to announce that, based on the communication we have received, the coach and his staff will be in Rome on Saturday July 9."

Bielsa, who also counts Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Chile and Argentina amongst the teams he has previously managed, is expected to meet up with the Lazio team on the weekend before heading off to a pre-season training camp in Auronzo di Cadore on Sunday.