Tuesday August 7 2012
Aquilani: 'New Fiorentina era'

Alberto Aquilani is happy to “help create a new era and bring back enthusiasm” to Fiorentina, though denies he had particular problems at Liverpool.

The midfielder had spent the last two seasons in Serie A on loan to Juventus and Milan, but neither side took up their option to make the move permanent.

“Why did I choose Fiorentina? Because they showed that they wanted me, it’s an interesting journey and I can do very well here,” he said in today’s Press conference.

Aquilani had already been linked with a Viola switch last summer, but opted for Milan instead.

“I’d like to clarify that I had given the all-clear to come to Florence, but not on loan. I wanted some sense of certainty that I could stay on for another year.

“It’s not true that I chose Milan and dumped Fiorentina, but rather that the clubs couldn’t agree on terms. This story of me turning down Fiorentina was a media invention.

“Nor is it true that I was an outcast at Liverpool. I had a good rapport with everyone there.”

Aquilani was drawn to Florence by the Coach, his former Roma teammate Vincenzo Montella.

“He’s very important to my decision. I found a young and enthusiastic atmosphere in Florence and am happy to help start a new era and bring back enthusiasm. I know that in recent years there have been a few problems with the fans.

“When I played alongside Montella at Roma, I could already see within him that spark of a Coach. Obviously, with the Viola jersey I also hope to win back my place in the Italy side.”

Fiorentina have also been linked with another former Liverpool player, Ryan Babel.

“I know him well and played with Babel at Liverpool. He’d be a great buy for us,” concluded Aquilani.