David Rozehnal has admitted he is keen to make a permanent move to Lazio when his loan spell expires at the end of the season.
The Czech Republic international joined the Serie A outfit on six-month loan from Newcastle during the January transfer window.
“We will see what Lazio decide in the summer,” the defender told Sport. “Of course we would like to stay here as long as possible.
“Of course, the city is more pleasant than Newcastle. I get up in the morning and it is 18° C. That is one of the factors that helps me against a bad mood.
“Either it turns out well for me and Lazio will want me on a permanent stay or I will return to Newcastle. A lot is at stake.”
Rozehnal has only made two appearances for Lazio since arriving, but he is hoping to establish himself in the side and secure a place in the Czech Republic squad for Euro 2008.
“I came to Lazio to play football,” he added. “I am not happy about it but what can I do. I don’t know if I would be playing more at Newcastle.
“I came to Rome with a view to getting better prepared for Euro 2008, but that is still a long way away.
“I need to do well at Lazio because I am fighting for my place in the team.”