Thursday January 16 2014
‘Matri isn’t passing through’

Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has celebrated Alessando Matri’s capture and hinted that he won’t be staying just until the summer.

The former Cagliari man yesterday completed a move from Milan on an initial loan deal to the take him through to the end of the season.

However, in presenting the 29-year-old to reporters today, the club’s sporting director has made clear that they are intending to keep the striker beyond that summer expiry.

“For sure we have increased upon our beauty, even as a team that already expresses itself beautifully,” Prade commented on Matri’s arrival.

“In previous situations, we would have never been able to think about Matri. We have always liked Alessandro and we are glad that he is here with us.

“Matri will be with us on a basic loan, but that was the only way to complete this operation in a short time.

“But, I want to emphasise that no-one is just passing through here.

“With the capture of Matri and [soon to be completed loan capture of] Anderson [from Manchester United], we have broken our original €5m salary cap and for that we are grateful to the Della Valle family.”

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