Tuesday August 15 2017
Fiorentina: ‘Badelj is staying’

Fiorentina have released a statement announcing Milan Badelj has decided he wants to stay.

The midfielder is out of contract next summer, and it was expected that he’d be moving on ahead of the new season.

Milan, Inter and Roma were all linked, and his agent pleaded with the Viola to allow his client to leave.

However, it appears the Croatian has had a change of heart, and is now happy to remain in Florence.

“Milan Badelj will wear the Viola shirt in the upcoming season,” Fiorentina announced on their official website.

“The club has welcomed with satisfaction the player’s request to stay at Fiorentina, which the midfielder expressed with clarity and determination, as well as great enthusiasm for the new cycle being overseen by Coach Stefano Pioli, in which he feels fully involved and to whom he will give his full availability and professionalism.”

The Viola have lost a number of first team players this summer, with Gonzalo Rodriguez, Borja Valero, Matias Vecino and Federico Bernardeschi all departing the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Nikola Kalinic is also likely to leave, with the striker expected to join Milan this week.