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Friday April 21 2017
Bernardeschi better in Florence

Leaving Fiorentina too early could harm Federico Bernardeschi’s career prospects, argues Chloe Beresford.

Fiorentina are currently sweating over the situation with Federico Bernardeschi, the Number 10 reportedly making them wait for an answer over their contract offer of €2.5m per season. With clubs such as Inter, Chelsea and Bayern Munich queuing up to secure his services, Viola fans are undoubtedly anxious to hear whether their home-grown star will opt to stay in Tuscany.

And who could blame him?

The winger has faced a turbulent time under Coach Paulo Sousa, having yielded ineffective performances when deployed out of position at wing-back, and there is more uncertainty at the club with Sousa’s replacement this summer still unknown. He may have one eye on Inter when the Nerazzurri visit the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but Bernardeschi needs to stay a little longer, and here’s why.

The aforementioned stifling of his talent by Sousa is about to become a distant memory when the Portuguese boss moves on in the summer. Inconsistent tactical ideas from the Coach have resulted in the world at large seeing mere glimpses of the Italian international’s talent, with the stunning free-kick scored against Borussia Mönchengladbach a prime example.

Whilst the Nerazzurri have a larger budget and perhaps more realistic hope of Champions League football than Fiorentina, their Coaching situation is equally uncertain. Indeed, current boss Stefano Pioli may be heading to Florence at the end of the season, if reports are to be believed. Although ahead of Milan in terms of progress made after a Chinese takeover, they remain an unfinished article.

Meanwhile, the work of reinstated Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has brought in the likes of Riccardo Saponara and Marco Sportiello, as the January transfer window provided a glimpse into what could be the start of an ambitious project.

Here, under a new Coach, Bernardeschi could be allowed to thrive and truly prove what he is undoubtedly capable of in a familiar environment without any risk before the World Cup commences in 2018. Then, either the Carrara native will grow into the role of the famous purple Number 10 shirt once worn by current Vice-President Giancarlo Antognoni, or he will leave to join a European super-club once the time is right.

Moving now – at such a crucial point in his career – could prove to be a fatal mistake. If Bernardeschi were to move to a larger side, he could find himself on the bench, or caught up in a raft of instability that sometimes comes with a club in transition, such as Inter.

Staying at Fiorentina is the safest bet. If the Viola go from strength to strength, the Number 10 could become the new legend the club’s fans have been seeking since the days of Gabriel Batistuta. If the team flounder under penny-pinching owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle, then he can move on after having been given the chance to shine.

Bernardeschi, given time, will become great. The only question remaining is where he will flourish.

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Have your say...
How good is he? I saw his incredible FK v Borussia but sometimes his performances look a bit abject! I think he should stay another year to progress .One weakness is he ALWAYS goes on his left but he does takes players on. Fiorentina's new project looks good but it takes Italian clubs n age to build new grounds. Italy do have great youth but they are missing a no 10 type player n he could be it. Their new ground won't have a view as good as the curva Fiesole tho. I hope he n Fiore can deliver!?
on the 23rd April, 2017 at 7:16am
An overrated player. People talk about all this great italian youth. I see it in Defence and at wingback positions but guys like bernardeshi and berardi are not that good.
on the 22nd April, 2017 at 11:00pm
It is not a question of bernardeschi motives fiorentina has sold every significant player on their books since della vella takeover honestly i am surprised they didn't cash in on kalinic during the winter.

personally i would prefer every academy player to stay at their home clubs maybe make this league a bit better all round. in the case of bernardeschi none of the bigger Italian clubs need bernardeschi has much as the viola do where he stands the best chance of improving himself as a player.
on the 21st April, 2017 at 9:15pm
lol it would have been an objective analysis of what's good for him and what's not if It were written by someone who isn't a fiorentina fan
on the 21st April, 2017 at 8:46pm
I personally would love him at JVE, but I agree with the writer. Both him and Belotti would do well to stay put for at least one more season at their respective clubs.

In Bernardeschi's case, he'd give Fiorentina a chance to show their ambition and even if he is to leave would likely come off a strong season ensuring he leaves Fiorentina a sizeable parting gift to move the club forward (Della Valle's permitting of course).
on the 21st April, 2017 at 5:13pm
While it's true moving to Inter is a risk, not moving at all, to Inter or abroad, would damage his prospects much more, it's time to move to a club where the pressure is on to perform consistently.
on the 21st April, 2017 at 11:58am
Well honestly Bernardeschi turned out to be a spoiled little brat after the glory hit him. Himself said that he wanted to stay in Florence for eternity and become the next Batistuta , but after the big money arrives he is already on the way out. Fiorentina fell down apart after having Cuadrado and M. Alonso leaving the club , so in a way i can't blame him , but making the fans this nervous and leaving them anxious like its said, is not cool.
on the 21st April, 2017 at 9:19am

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