Friday September 2 2011
No Genoa deal for Gilardino

The agent of Alberto Gilardino has denied reports that his client had already agreed personal terms with Genoa this summer.

The Italian international was strongly paired with a transfer to Marassi, but he remained at Fiorentina after no switch was agreed.

"I can categorically deny what is being suggested," representative Beppe Bozzo told Sky Sport Italia. "There was no signed agreement between Gilardino and Genoa."

Yesterday the former Milan and Parma hitman, who is currently on international duty, insisted that he was happy to have remained in Florence.

"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."