Monday January 23 2012
Fiorentina deny Jovetic issue

Alessandro Gamberini has backed up Fiorentina’s claims that the club’s players have no problem with star attacker Stevan Jovetic.

Rumours have circulated of an issue between the player and his teammates in light of his late exclusion from the matchday squad for the trip to Cagliari.

La Repubblica speculated that the Montenegrin’s decision to pull out of the Week 19 fixture without a diagnosed injury from the club’s medical staff has upset the Fiorentina dressing room. However, the club have moved to rubbish these reports.

“Precisely nothing can be directed to our vice-captain, who is a constant example of professionalism on and off the field and who represents a high sense of self-sacrifice and devotion to the Viola shirt,” read an official club statement in response.

It was a denial later reiterated on Monday by the 22-year-old’s teammate Gamberini.

“In some newspapers I have read with surprise that the dressing room was bothered by Jovetic’s forfeit from the Cagliari game.

“As captain of Fiorentina, I deny with force any allegations of this kind. We all hope that Stevan, whose team spirit is undeniable, will soon be fully recovered so he can return and make a vital contribution to the team.

“Ours is an absolutely united dressing room, gossip will only help to strengthen our unity.”

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