FIORENTINA NEWS

Fiorentina shrugged off Udinese to leapfrog Napoli in the table and close within a point of new leaders Inter.
Fiorentina look to Nikola Kalinic and Josip Ilicic as they host Udinese to close on the top spots.
Join us for all the action as it happens and give your views on seven Serie A games, including Bologna-Napoli, Fiorentina-Udinese and Carpi-Milan.
Stefano Colantuono is sure “Fiorentina will fight to the end for the Scudetto, but Udinese can cause them problems today.”
Paulo Sousa explained a new bonding exercise for Fiorentina as they prepare to face Udinese.
Manuel Pasqual admits he “won’t rule out” a transfer away from Fiorentina after losing the captain’s armband.
The dates and times of the Coppa Italia Fifth Round ties have been announced, including Juventus-Torino, Sampdoria-Milan and Napoli-Verona.
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent admits the striker “wants to play” but is not thinking about leaving Fiorentina.
Mario Gomez has “no intention of returning to Italy” having left Fiorentina for Besiktas on loan.
Inter Coach Roberto Mancini admits “we aren’t the best-equipped team” to win the Scudetto.
The agent of Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini says he has “absolutely not talked” to Fiorentina.
Davide Astori insists “it’s not a jinx” for Fiorentina to talk about the Scudetto - “we must not be afraid”.
Arrigo Sacchi says it will take “something extraordinary” for Napoli to win the Scudetto, as they lack a “winning mentality”.
Palermo and Sassuolo both went out to lower-League opposition, in the Fourth Round of the Coppa Italia.
Fiorentina defender Davide Astori admits he was “too cautious” during his loan spell at Roma last year.
Fiorentina Coach Paulo Sousa wanted to “challenge myself” against Serie A tacticians and feels Nikola Kalinic joined Blackburn too soon.
Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj discusses the win over Inter, and says Juventus are still in the Scudetto race.
Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has confirmed their interest in Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi.
Spanish reports say that Barcelona are interested in Fiorentina’s Federico Bernardeschi and have had him scouted.
Eusebio Di Francesco was “very happy with the reaction” as Sassuolo fought back for a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.