Thursday August 2 2012
Borja buoyant after Fiorentina move

New Fiorentina signing Borja Valero has spoken for the first time since his move to Florence was made official.

The creative midfielder became the Viola's 10th signing of the summer yesterday afternoon, arriving from Villarreal at a cost of approximately €7m.

Valero is looking forward to his time in Serie A with great enthusiasm, and hoping he fares better than he did in his last spell out of Spain, when he failed to settle at West Bromwich Albion.

“I am happy, I'm going to a good team,” said the 27-year-old.

“It's a new experience, a new League, which is always nice for a footballer.

“I am sad about leaving Villarreal, a club that gave me so much in a short time, and still I cannot explain the relegation to the Segunda.”

“Italy is a great opportunity,” he continued. “The negotiation was good, for the club and for myself.”

Valero, who has one Spain cap to his name, has also played for Real Madrid B and Real Mallorca.

One of La Liga's biggest clubs until recently, Villarreal have been forced to sell many of their best players since their shock relegation to the Spanish second tier in May, and it looks like their business with Fiorentina isn't concluded yet.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Gonzalo Rodriguez is set to follow Valero in making the move from El Madrigal to the Artemio Franchi. A 28-year-old defender, Rodriguez has been with Villarreal for the past eight years, and collected six caps for Argentina. He would be the third centre-back to join Fiorentina this summer, and the second Argentine, after Facundo Roncaglia.