New Fiorentina signing Mario Gomez says he had offers from Italian and Spanish clubs after deciding to leave Bayern Munich.
The international striker has opted for a switch to the Viola and he was last night presented to 25,000 enthusiastic fans at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
“When it became evident that my time at Bayern was over, I had to make a decision between Italy and Spain,” the German noted.
“Fiorentina made it clear to me that they have Serie A ambitions and they want to take a step forward.
“They finished fourth in the League last season and want to be even more competitive in Serie A and also in Europe next term.
“This move may seem strange to some, I had everything in Munich, but here I will have the chance to also play for my World Cup place.
“I’m happy and all of this enthusiasm gives me great energy. I want to win and I feel great responsibility.”
Gomez added that new Bayern boss Pep Guardiola played a part in his decision to move to Tuscany.
“Nobody had to convince me to join this club, but Guardiola confirmed to me that the Fiorentina project and their attacking play was the right reality.”
The 28-year-old is now expected to be the club’s main goal threat given that Giuseppe Rossi may need time to find full fitness after injury and Stevan Jovetic’s likely departure.
“I won’t promise a certain number of goals,” he added. “What matters most is to score goals that the team needs to win as many games as possible.
“My dream is to win something here in Italy and I just want to do the best I can.”
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