President Rocco Commisso insists Federico Chiesa “will remain at Fiorentina” and said he’s “disgusted” by Juventus failure in Europe.
The patron spoke to Sky Sport Italia after taking the team on a tour of the Hudson River in New York City, where they presented their new kits.
“I wanted to take the team here to show them the Statue of Liberty, which is the symbol of all Americans. All immigrants have to pass through here and it’s a symbol for everybody.”
Chiesa is reportedly trying to emigrate from Fiorentina to Juventus this summer and held a 20-minute summit with directors on the bus today, after the other players had left.
“I want everyone to enjoy themselves,” noted Commisso. “I said from day one that the intention was to keep Chiesa and I believe I’ll achieve that.
“I purchased all of Fiorentina and not just one player. I want to keep players with respect, the way they deserve, with reciprocal respect.
“I know that Juve have this huge power in Italy. Don’t forget, I used to be a Juve fan. They’ve won everything there is to win in Italy and now need to win abroad, because I’m disgusted when they come back from Europe empty-handed every time.
“Italian football needs to be more balanced, perhaps also thanks to Fiorentina this year.”
Commisso’s right-hand man Joe Barone also spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the Chiesa meeting.
“He was the first player chosen to present the new jersey. There are no problems with him, we’ve said from the first day that we wanted to keep him.
“We’ve got to stop with these stories, because he is a Fiorentina player and will remain at Fiorentina.”