Stevan Jovetic says he still has Fiorentina on his mind after leaving the club for Manchester City.
Although delighted to be now playing his football in the Premiership, the Montenegrin admits he can’t forget the last five years of his life.
“I haven’t finished thanking Fiorentina,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday. “I’ll always be tied to the Della Valle family with affection and respect.
“It’s the same with Pantaleo Corvino, the sporting director who took me to Italy in 2008 and who I have to thank for where I am now.
“I also have to thank Coaches Cesare Prandelli, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Delio Rossi and Vincenzo Montella – they all taught me something.
“A lot happened in five years, last summer was particularly intense, but I never, and I repeat never, spoke badly of Fiorentina.”
Jovetic was a fan favourite in Tuscany, but his relationship with the tifosi was damaged when he openly spoke of a possible move to rivals Juventus.
“Juventus wanted me, but that’s not my fault. They came after me, I chose City. That’s it,” continued the forward.
“I’m really happy to be at City. A top side with great ambitions. We’ll be fighting for the League and especially the Champions League. That is what convinced me.
“I want to win and I’ll need a bit of luck. The No 35 shirt that I wore at Partizan Belgrade was good for me.”
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