Thursday September 22 2011
Jovetic: 'Players will protect Montolivo'

Stevan Jovetic revealed his delight in scoring his first Fiorentina goals for over 18 months, and that his teammates intend to protect Riccardo Montolivo.

Jovetic has returned to first team action this season after missing the entire 2010-11 campaign with a serious knee injury that required a double operation a year ago.

Wednesday night saw him score his first goals for the club since March 2010, and he reflected post-match on their significance.

"The dark period has ended. I dedicate one goal to [Alberto] Gilardino, the other to my family, and I now want to score against Napoli."

Jovetic also took the opportunity to reaffirm his desire to stay at Fiorentina and sign a new contract.

The declaration is in sharp contrast both to reports from earlier this month, and to teammate Montolivo's decision that has drawn fierce criticism from the fans.

The No 8 revealed however, how the dressing room intend to support Montolivo regardless.

"I have always thought about Fiorentina, and renewing my contract.

"We will try to help [Montolivo] because he is a big player. We will protect him for as long as he is here, because he has always been the best."

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