Wednesday August 3 2011
‘Proud’ Genoa buy Frey blasts Viola

Sebastien Frey “would be proud to end my career at Genoa” and blasted former club Fiorentina for cutting him loose.

The goalkeeper was told he was surplus to requirements at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, so completed a transfer to Marassi.

“I signed a five-year contract, so it’s very likely it will be my final professional club. I would be proud to end my career at Genoa,” said the Frenchman.

“I wish to salute and thank the people of Florence and the Viola fans, who shared important years of my career. I also embrace with affection my former teammates.

“However, I hope never again to read football terms like ‘caring about the jersey’ and ‘this player is a bandiera.’ My story proved these concepts are more often than not used purely to create a narrative.”

Frey had been eager to remain at Fiorentina, but found himself pushed to the sidelines despite being among their most representative players. Once told he was no longer wanted, the 31-year-old picked Genoa ahead of sides like Bayern Munich.

“There are many reasons that brought me to choose Genoa. President Enrico Preziosi made it clear he wanted me here and I arrive at a club with an important squad that specialises in developing young talent as well as relaunching the careers of more experienced players.

“This is the oldest club in Italy, where love for the colours is a real tradition and its fans live through football with passion and competence.

“It’s also intriguing to arrive at Genoa when, for the first time in many years, they are the sole representatives of this city in Serie A. I’ll just say it makes me proud to be here and I’ll give all of myself to make an important mark at Genoa.”