Tuesday June 18 2019
'Not even €100m will buy Chiesa'

New Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has pledged not to sell Federico Chiesa, ‘not even for €100m. We don’t need the money.’

Chiesa had been heavily linked with Juventus and Inter before Commisso’s takeover, and the Italo-American billionaire plans to make the winger one of the cornerstones of his project for the Viola.

“I said on the day of my presentation that Chiesa represented Fiorentina in the national team,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“For me, he’s the best. I won’t sell him, not even for €100m. We don’t need the money.

“I’ve been told that he has no release clause in his contract. I want to keep Chiesa for at least another season, and when I say ‘at least’ I mean I’d like to keep him for longer, but let’s see...

“I haven’t talked to him yet, but I will in the next few days. Now we have to let him focus on Italy, but I’ll talk to him soon. I want to meet him.

“When I make a promise, I keep it. How could I begin my adventure in Florence by selling the player who represents us in the national team?

“I hope Federico a great tournament, he’s a player that excites me. He has passion and strength - characteristics I want to see at Fiorentina.”

The 21-year-old scored a brace during Italy’s opening 3-1 win against Spain in the European Under-21 Championship on Sunday.

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