Sunday September 4 2011
Silva follows Batistuta's footsteps

Fiorentina's new signing Santiago Silva takes his inspiration from a former Viola legend, Gabriel Batistuta.

The transfer was completed on deadline day when the buy-out clause was paid to release him from Velez Sarsfield.

“I chose shirt number 10 and want to prove I can make an impact in Italy,” said the Uruguayan striker.

“I come here without fear of challenging for a place in the side, as I knew I'd be working with talented teammates and am ready to put myself in the mix.

“I am very happy to be in Florence, as I have always admired Batistuta right from when I was a little kid. I signed a two-year contract with Fiorentina and hope to score many goals.”

This isn't Silva's first experience in Europe, as ‘Tanque' already played for Energie Cottbus in 2003-04 and Beira-Mar in 2004-05.

“Every experience helped me become the player I am,” said the 30-year-old. “I scored many goals in Germany and Portugal, but admittedly the teams weren't top quality.”