Departing striker Santiago Silva has taken a swipe at Fiorentina by suggesting that a lack of faith hindered his chances of settling in Italy.
Signed from Velez in late August, the tall forward has struggled to make an impression with La Viola and is set to complete a move back to the Argentine League.
The Uruguayan netted only once from 12 appearances in Italy and was often on the bench even when then Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was without an injured Alberto Gilardino and short of other striker options to start games.
Ahead of being unveiled by new club Boca Juniors tomorrow, the 31-year-old striker released a statement reflecting on the transfer and his unhappy spell in Serie A.
“I am happy to be at Boca, it is important for my career because at Fiorentina I had no space,” commented the forward.
“Italian football is much more difficult and it took me time to adapt, but I also did not have the trust of the Coach.
“Boca was a club that wanted me more than any other. Can I play straight away? I do not know, but I can wait six months and only play in the Copa Libertadores.”
The closing statement is in regard to doubts raised about Boca’s ability to register and play the striker this season. FIFA rules stipulate that in a single season, footballers cannot appear for more than two clubs.
With two games played for Velez before his move to Florence, Silva may only be able to play for Boca in his first six months in the Copa Libertadores.
Silva is the second striker to leave Fiorentina this January transfer window after Gilardino’s earlier switch to Genoa.