Friday August 10 2012
Why Pizarro chose Fiorentina

David Pizarro has been presented to the Press as a Fiorentina player and revealed that there were plenty of motivations for his transfer.

The midfielder rescinded his Roma contract yesterday before flying north, undergoing a medical with the Florentine outfit and signing a contract, which is understood to be for two years.

In being unveiled this afternoon as a Fiorentina employee, the playmaker told of why he chose to stay in Serie A.

“I said yes to Fiorentina because I am a man of my word, because the Coach called me and this is most important thing, because Florence is a place of prestige.

“Also, there is a nice chunk of Roma players here and this impacted on my choice a lot,” reflected the Chilean, in reference to former teammate and Coach Vincenzo Montella, who is La Viola’s tactician, and to former Giallorossi teammates Alberto Aquilani and Alessio Cerci, who are on the club’s books now.

Pizarro will face strong competition for places from the likes of Aquilani and other new arrivals, but he is relishing the experience.

“I am a regista, that role belongs to me and I like to run the team. On paper our midfielder with Borja Valero and Aquilani is fantastic, but the answers will only come on the field.

“There is enthusiasm, but it will depend on us, you are a building a team that wants to do well, it’s up to us to give continuity to that existing enthusiasm.

“I have always had the good fortune to work with a lot of harmony, whilst if this group can bond it can have a great championship.

“The important thing is that we become a group.”

The midfielder then turned to reflect on his experience with Roma. The 32-year-old spent six seasons in the capital, but barely featured in his final year, of which the last six months was spent out on loan at Manchester City.

“I have not felt let down by Roma. It is all part of the game and I have always behaved professionally, without controversy.

“Choices have been made that I have accepted with ease, but I really want to play, it is what I do, that’s what counts more than money. In Roma, I didn’t have that opportunity.”