Tuesday January 3 2012
Gilardino joy at Genoa move

Alberto Gilardino expressed his joy at completing the move from Fiorentina to Genoa. “I have signed for an important club with a magnificent stadium.”

The striker held his first training session with the Grifone this afternoon, as his transfer worth a reported €10m was completed.

“I am very happy with this new experience that finally began this afternoon,” wrote Gilardino on his official website.

“I have signed for an important club with a magnificent stadium and will give my best to repay President Enrico Preziosi for his faith in me.

“I thank Fiorentina for the great seasons we lived together in Florence and its splendid fans for the affection and respect they always showed me.”

The Viola were also expected to sell Santiago Silva this month following a poor opening six months in Serie A, but there has been a change of tack.

“I think Santiago will stay in Florence this season,” agent Pablo Betancourt told

“There was a strong interest from Velez Sarsfield, the only team in Argentina that Tanque could play for considering the FIFA rules, but at this moment Pantaleo Corvino wants to keep the player in Florence, especially after Gilardino’s departure.

“If in the next few days there should be an unexpected new avenue opening up, then I could in theory talk to teams from Brazil or Chile.”

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