Friday April 21 2017
Babacar: 'I turned down Inter'

Khouma Babacar reveals that he was wanted by Inter, but chose to remain in Florence as he 'wants to win a trophy for the fans'.

The Senegalese hitman will start up front for the Viola on Saturday evening when Inter are the visitors as Nikola Kalinic is suspended.

Babacar has a history of scoring against the Nerazzurri, after a wonderful strike in a 3-0 victory back in October 2014 then dramatically securing three points with a 90th minute tap-in in last season's fixture.

"2014-15 season, [Vincenzo] Montella was on the bench. We beat the Nerazzurri 3-0 at the Franchi," Babacar told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I scored a wonderful goal from outside the area. It was one of the most beautiful goals of my career. Montella was a great maestro.

"There is one thing he said to me I've never forgotten: ‘Baba, remember that the ugly goals are worth just as much good as those ones’.

"With the Mister I had fun. Often at the end of training he challenged me. Ten shots from outside area to see who scored the most. I almost always won. I wish Montella well.

"February 2016, we won 2-1. [Paulo] Sousa was on the bench. I scored a tap-in. It was important. The Portuguese Coach taught me to be a complete striker. One who knows when to press opponents and when to wait. That works for the team. That must always be in my game."

Inter are the visitors again on Saturday night, so how does the striker think his team will approach the game?

"It's a game that we have to win. Europe is far away. But we have a duty to score as many points as we can in the matches that are left between now and the end of the season. It’s hard, but not impossible.

"Fiorentina are worth much more than than the current league position. And sometimes we have shown it.

"My first aim is to stay in Florence and win a trophy wearing this shirt. Only after focusing on this achievement could I think of going in search of new challenges. Florence is my home.

Babacar must have impressed the Nerazzurri after his performances against them, as the striker revealed that he refused an offer from them.

"Inter wanted me. Seriously. But then I chose Florence. This city has welcomed me as a child, I feel indebted to them. I want to do something important for our fans.

Sporting director Pantaleo Corvino brought the player to Fiorentina during his first spell with the club. Now he is back, how is the relationship between the pair?

"He's a second father. He brought me to Florence ten years ago. I trust Corvino."

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