Fiorentina introduced their new President and urged Riccardo Montolivo to “tell the fans if he wants to stay in Florence. If he does, a renewal is available.”
Andrea Della Valle held a Press conference this afternoon in which he confirmed that the new President will be Mario Cognini, who is promoted from the role of Vice-President.
He also had words of warning for the squad, who failed to qualify for Europe again, particularly want-away captain Montolivo.
“We do not have any more meetings planned with the lad. He needs to tell the city and fans if he wants to stay in Florence. He must explain to them if he believes in our project.
“If he does, then a contract renewal is available. I hope Montolivo can be our second ‘buy' of the season. The first is clearly Stevan Jovetic now that he has recovered.”
Montolivo has turned down the offer of a renewal and his contract expires in June 2012, but there are reports he could reconsider.
“I demand that the players here are motivated,” continued patron Della Valle. “Unfortunately, this year I did not see the right passion in the eyes of some players. This is why I say for many of them that an era is over.”