Monday September 12 2011
Gilardino eyes Viola extension

Alberto Gilardino hopes to discuss a contract extension at Fiorentina after his expected move to Genoa fell through.

It had looked as if the Italian international would be sold this summer with Napoli also keen, but he remained at the Stadio Franchi.

"The transfer market is water under the bridge now," he stated. "We have to talk about the present and that is Fiorentina.

"I endured two or three difficult months for various reasons, but I have spoken with President Della Valle.

"We'll now meet again where we will discus a possible renewal to see if there are the conditions in place to reach an agreement."

The Italian international, whose deal expires in 2013, was still in the Viola shirt on Sunday and he scored in the 2-0 win over Bologna.

"The game was tough, but we were well prepared for it," he added. "The heat didn't help us play in the way we wanted to though.

"It won't take a lot for the faith in us to return and give some enthusiasm back to the fans. We hope we don't lose their support as we need them."

It has been a difficult summer for the club with numerous high profile sales, the uncertain future of Riccardo Montolivo and boss Sinisa Mihajlovic's lack of popularity amongst the tifosi

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