Wednesday May 29 2013
Aquilani on past, present and future

Alberto Aquilani touched on Italy’s Confederations Cup squad, Fiorentina feeling “penalised” for fourth and the problems at Milan and Roma.

The midfielder spoke at a Press conference from the Azzurri training ground in Coverciano ahead of Friday’s friendly against San Marino.

“I really wanted to return to the Italy squad and my decision to join Fiorentina was so I could impress enough to earn an international place,” said the former Liverpool man.

“Does Cesare Prandelli want quantity from me in midfield? I think that word should be deciphered differently. After all, Fiorentina had little ‘quantity’ in midfield, but we ran harder than any other despite having more quality.

“Both Prandelli and Vincenzo Montella want to earn results through playing good football. What would I give to be at the World Cup? It’s hard to say, but obviously the ultimate objective of any player is to represent his country.”

Fiorentina narrowly missed out on the Champions League spot and there was controversy over refereeing decisions.

“It’s only normal that there is anger. Fiorentina were certainly penalised, but now the moment has come to look forward. We had an incredible season and we lacked something, but we’ll try to bridge that gap next year.

“Stevan Jovetic? I think at this point he’s going to leave. Last year they promised if he stayed another season then he could choose his future. Aside from being a teammate, he is also a great person who would do well at any club.”

Aquilani had been expected to achieve great things, but never quite lived up to his potential.

“It’s easy to say that, but there were injuries, strange contracts and Coaches who came and went. I think it’s a little superficial to say I never lived up to my potential, but I accept it. I am still young and have much to give.

“Of course when I was an adolescent the plan was to see out my career at Roma, being a Romanista at heart. Things went differently, but I am happy with the choices I made, especially as at the time they were forced upon me.

“If Roma had won the Coppa Italia Final, then we’d be here talking about players making history for the club. In my view the mentality has to change, though it’s not easy and I don’t know what’s happening in there. Roma is a complex place to work.

“As for Milan, everyone was convinced I’d stay there. With seven games left in the season, Adriano Galliani made it very simple for me: he wanted to save money and therefore would not sign me outright. I’m happy to be at Fiorentina, so that’s all in the past.”

Massimiliano Allegri could go from Milan to Roma, two clubs Aquilani has experience of.

“He’s a great Coach and a great person. If he were to leave Milan, I think he’d be the right man for Roma.”

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