Thursday September 1 2011
Gilardino honoured to stay

Alberto Gilardino is relieved that the speculation regarding his future is now over after the transfer window closed.

Gila was heavily linked with a Fiorentina exit after a number of interested clubs, most notably Genoa, enquired about his services.

"It has been a complicated summer for me," the 29-year-old striker admitted on his personal website.

"Fortunately, though, I can now just concentrate on Fiorentina and the Italian national squad, which I have just returned to with great pleasure and satisfaction.

"I want to send a message to the fans who have shown me their faith and affection in these past few weeks – I'm happy and honoured to still be wearing the Viola shirt.

"Despite all of the rumours and negotiations about me, I'm happy to stay in Florence for the people and the squad.

"The club's silence has disappointed me a little, but I want to have a great season and I just can't wait to start."

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