Stevan Jovetic defends Fiorentina against criticism, appeals to fans and admits he’d “like to win the Ballon d’Or.”
The Viola are consistently the subject of protests from the supporters after a poor campaign, even after Sinisa Mihajlovic was replaced by Delio Rossi.
“There is no problem within the squad. Unfortunately the results are not what we wanted, but we can slowly emerge from this situation,” Jovetic told La Repubblica newspaper.
Alberto Gilardino’s sale to Genoa means the young Montenegro international is now the central figure in the team.
“I am not frightened by responsibility. I feel good at this club and I’m ready to do my bit, just as everyone is. We will all give everything we’ve got to bring back enthusiasm and raise Fiorentina back up.”
One of the issues in Florence has been reported nights out clubbing, but Jovetic insists this was all blown out of proportion.
“We are young and want to have fun, as we can’t just stay locked up at home all the time. Of course we don’t go out two or three days before a game, but if we stay out late after having played, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“I judge the squad on what we do on the pitch and none of us have ever turned up late to training or given less than 100 per cent. We are always concentrated and all doing our duty.
“Our objectives for this season are firstly to reach the 40 points that secure safety, then to bring people back to the stadium.
“In the long-term, I’d like to win the Ballon d’Or. Who wouldn’t?”