Saturday January 5 2013
Rossi reveals Viola summit

Giuseppe Rossi has said goodbye to Villarreal and revealed his Fiorentina move was sealed in a New York restaurant.

The Italian international agreed a surprise transfer to Florence on Friday and will undergo his medical today, though he won’t be fit until mid-March after snapping the same knee ligament twice in a year.

“I want to thank Villarreal, as they were more than a team for me – they were a family,” wrote Rossi in Spanish on his Twitter account.

“El Submarino will always remain in my heart. I want to thank the fans for their support, both in good moments and those that were less happy. I can never forget all you’ve given me.”

It is believed Fiorentina secured the forward for €9m plus €3m in performance-related bonuses, while he’ll sign a four-and-a-half-year contract worth €2m plus bonuses.

Meanwhile, agent Federico Pastorello confirmed the deal was struck between Rossi and director Daniele Pradè at the ‘Ai Fiori’ restaurant in Fifth Avenue, New York City.

Rossi was born in New Jersey, though he has Italian parents and plays his international football for the Azzurri.

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