Domenico Criscito insists “I only left Genoa physically”, having completed his return to the club from Zenit St Petersburg.
The Italian international has signed for the Grifone again after leaving for Russia in 2011, in what will be his fourth spell with the club.
The full-back started his career with the Grifone, before returning on loan from Juventus then signing permanently in 2007-08.
“I’m very happy to be back here after seven years,” Criscito began, speaking at his presentation Press conference.
“I only left Genoa physically, what I can give is passion for this shirt and experience, and I hope I can be really helpful for my teammates.
“I talked to the President and he wants to build a good team and I’m sure he’ll invest. The important thing is to go on the pitch and give 100 per cent, because that’s what the fans want.
“Genoa is a historic part of Italian football, we need to go on the pitch and give our best, then the results will come.
“What do I expect? To win the derby…
“It wasn’t complicated to come back, it was a choice I made with my heart. I turned down a lot of money and the opportunity to play in the Champions League. I chose Genoa.
“I’m happy with my choice and I’d do it again. I made a tough choice seven years ago, but I always said I’d be back.
“I had seven good years in Russia, I played with important players like Hulk and [Axel] Witsel. I leave beautiful memories, the fans greeted me wonderfully.
“What I can bring here, as I’ve said before, is my passion and the ability to make people understand what it means to play for Genoa.”