Wednesday July 17 2019
Fede, don't be hasty

Federico Chiesa has every top club interested, but Giancarlo Rinaldi assures there are plenty of reasons to stay at Fiorentina for one more season.

In church congregations across Florence, they have been saying the same prayer every Sunday for months. Others have been rubbing the nose of the famous wild boar bronze Il Porcellino in the heart of the city in the hope of good fortune. The more practical have beseeched new owner Rocco Commisso to break the bank in order to fulfil their wish. But the end goal of all this supplication has been the same - to keep Federico Chiesa at Fiorentina for at least another season.

But why should the player commit to the cause?

The ‘big means best’ football philosophers would blanch at the very thought of him languishing a further year at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. His list of alleged suitors - most of Italy’s domestic giants and numerous huge clubs from abroad - reads like a Who’s Who of European football’s very best. With the sport providing such a short career, why on earth should he resist their overtures?

There’s a logic in that, of course. If you want to achieve the most you can as a player, then you will want to compete at the highest level, which is currently impossible at the Tuscan club. They finished the last campaign in a shambles and few could blame him for walking away. A footballer of his talent deserves a regular tilt at a title or two as well as being a conspicuous contender in continental competition.

There’s also the financial aspect, too, with his current employers not among the highest payers in the game. In monetary terms it would be a no-brainer to move to some Champions League qualified outfit. Indeed, if economics is the only motivation, there can be little argument that a summer move would be best for both Chiesa and his club.

However, there could be a case for staying put for at least another 12 months, despite the interest of pretty much everyone who is anyone in the European game. He will undoubtedly get good advice from his father - Enrico - who moved around a fair bit during his career. There can be more to the game than simply making as much money as you can from the biggest club available as quickly as possible. That’s a sentence worth reading again in modern football.

Those who think the Viola prospect overrated have probably not got this far, but let me assume that if you are still with me, you accept that he is something pretty special and a talent worth nurturing. A big money move to a more illustrious side might make financial sense, but would it necessarily help him become the best player he can be? The competition for attacking places at most of his potential transfer destinations is intense. I have yet to be convinced that sitting on a bench waiting - regardless of how much you are learning from training with greats - is really the best option for a young footballer.

There is also the little matter of the regime change in Florence, which must make remaining a little more attractive. If the chaotic conclusion to the Della Valle era was still ongoing, almost any player in his right mind would have been assessing his exit options. However, the new Italo-American ownership promises a much more attractive future.

Commisso has certainly made great play of wanting to build a team around his star and that - if it is true - has to be something that might tempt the 21-year-old to stay. He is young enough to still become a legend elsewhere even if he commits to the purple colours for a little longer. And, in the meantime, he could cement his status in Florence among its future Hall of Fame contenders.

It all boils down to the same old argument, in truth. Is it really selling yourself short to become a hero at a somewhat smaller club than one of many famous names at a giant side? For some, I know, the answer is a straightforward one and they would have been packing their bags already, but for others the question is a little more complex.

Of course Fiorentina fans are biased in their desire to see their mercurial matchwinner stay put, but there is a coherent argument that it would be best for the man himself too. He could be at the centre of a new project and, perhaps, deliver a European spot for the team which has helped to establish his reputation.

There is little room for sentiment in modern football, for sure, but maybe this time head and heart can still lead to the same conclusion.

Have your say...
Chiesa would be a great fit with Sarri’s Juve but Pogba would be a better choice if Champions league is what you want.
on the 18th July, 2019 at 8:23pm
He’s still young and should enjoy and grow and improve with Fiorentina....who in turn need to seriously get the rest of club act together. Coach Montella has looked AWFUL since returning. Chiesa has a lot more growing to do. Maybe with right top club he can grow to a top World Class player like CR7 Neymar Mbappe type.
Hate to see him leave Italy tho unless for Barca or Madrid.
Agee with Spinazzola leaving Juve a HUGE mistake.
on the 18th July, 2019 at 5:47am
Good reading as always Giancarlo!
It makes sense for him to stay ... but when has common sense ever prevailed in Serie A!
on the 18th July, 2019 at 1:48am
He will definitely be worth more next summer given that he will presumably play a big part in Italy's Euro squad. Who knows, if they win the tournament he will be worth double! Forza Azzurri!!
on the 17th July, 2019 at 10:24pm
Juventus do not want another bum from Fiorentina. Juventus need to stop paying high salaries for players who are serviceable in Serie A but garbage in the Champions League. While it is great Juve are "investing" in Italian product, being an average player in Serie A doesn't require a high salary or a position on a prestigious team like Juve. They overpaid for Berna and should not do so for Chiesa. Their biggest mistake in this transfer market is letting go of Spinazzola.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 5:40pm
Stylistically Chiesa can only be a success... fast, can finish, tracks back, energetic never drops his level over 90 minutes, he has the mentality of a young Ronaldo.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 4:46pm
You can't compare him to Sanches and Odegaard both were in weaker leagues and had done nothing - he's been consistent for a few years as Forientina's main man. if we were talking about Tonali or Pellegri sure we could make that potential comparison since neither has played a full season as a starter in serie a.

He's better than Bernadeschi, Berardi was better than Berna too but he lost his way.

Chiesa would start at any team in europe including barca - Suarez would be fizzled out for him.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 4:39pm
oh please make a duet with bernadeschi so its become "double fede" at juve
on the 17th July, 2019 at 1:46pm
The problem is, "if" he moves to clubs whether they're Juventus, Milan or Inter, FedEx will be just a benchwarmer.
Unless he prefers higher salary with less playing time like Bernardeschi.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 7:46am
If there is one thing we know about fake Italians who speak in an American accent is that they have no clue. Keeping Montella after that finish is their biggest mistake. Chiesa should jump ship before it’s too late and it’s a win win
on the 17th July, 2019 at 4:37am
If you want an example of how making a move to a major club at such a young age can backfire, just look at the examples of Renato Sanches and Martin Odegaard. Two "wonderkids" who made big-money moves and then fell flat on their faces. Sanches flopped during a loan deal with Swansea, and does anyone even know where Odegaard is playing nowadays? I think he should stay put.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 2:04am

Another season at Forientina reads for very predictably, he scores double figures makes loads of assists and wows everyone with some highlight performances BUT is that so much different to what he's already been doing the last few seasons?

If Chiesa wants to reach the heights of the elite players of past and present he needs prove he's worth it, he's developed enough at Forientina, so its time to move on.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 1:33am
Commisso wants to keep him because he'll be worth more next summer and more elite clubs will bid for him even if they are already interested, plus it means maintaining one of the best up and coming talents in world football. He's capable of starting at any major club. He's 21 schooled by his legendary father, well educated, he's ready to move now, why wait a year, Mbappe was 18 to PSG, Ronaldo was 18 to Man U, Luis Ronaldo to Barca at 19 so many more examples it shows a trend with elite players.
on the 17th July, 2019 at 1:27am

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