Giuseppe Rossi is hoping to make his Fiorentina debut before the end of the season, explains why he chose the Viola and believes they can win the Scudetto next season.
The Italian international has not played since October 2011, as he snapped the same anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee twice, but was still snapped up from Villarreal in January.
“I started running again in February, but have only recently begun doing changes of direction in training,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“On April 4 there will be a decisive consultation with Doctor Steadman in Colorado. I really want to get back on the field, but there is no reason to push ahead of schedule.
“I chose Fiorentina because they were decisive in wanting me and proved they believed in me during my most difficult moment. That is something that goes right to the heart.
“Plus Vincenzo Montella plays a very ‘Spanish’ style of football based on possession, so it suits my characteristics.”
Rossi will also be reunited with former Villarreal teammate Borja Valero, who has impressed at the Stadio Franchi this season.
“Nobody noticed him before because in football many only see those who are tall and powerful. Yet there are players with a normal physique who have wonderful tactical intelligence and know how to move even before the ball has arrived at their feet. Borja is one of those players.”
The Viola are in fourth place at the moment and pushing for a spot in Europe, perhaps even the Champions League, so will be stronger next season when Rossi is able to play.
“I believe Fiorentina can win the Scudetto. Serie A is not La Liga, where Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate everything. In Italy there is more balance, so teams like Fiorentina, Roma, Lazio or Napoli could do it.
“I am one of those people who always wants to win. I do not think about money or enjoying myself off the field, as I play football because I’d like to win something. That is how you judge a football player’s career.”
The devastating knee injury also ruled Rossi out of Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign, which saw them reach the Final.
“I haven’t heard from Cesare Prandelli since the Euros, but that’s fine. I care a great deal about the Azzurri jersey, but the only way to earn it is to play well at club level. It is best for me to proceed step by step.”