Wednesday January 25 2012
Amauri wanted short Viola deal

New Fiorentina signing Amauri has revealed that he turned down the club’s offer of a contract until June 2014.

The striker has completed a January move from Juventus after agreeing to a six-month contract – a request which came from himself.

“I preferred a six month deal because I wanted to disprove the theory that I’m playing for money,” he said at his unveiling.

“I want to test myself in these months. I was offered a two and a half year deal, but I want to prove myself.

“If I was only concerned about the money then I would have accepted a longer contract…”

The Brazilian-born Italian international has critics to silence after a disappointing spell at Juventus. Following a €23m move to Turin, he responded with just 24 goals in 100 games.

“You’ll have to ask Juventus why it didn’t work. I don’t want to talk about the past though and I have nothing to prove to Juve.

“I want to demonstrate that I am a player who can still give a lot, yet not to the Bianconeri but to myself.”

Amauri hasn’t played for the Old Lady this season and he was even forced to train away from the first team squad after refusing a summer move away.

“I’ve always trained well. I want to thank all of the Bianconeri Primavera staff for the support they have given me during these times. I’m missing match fitness, but I’m at the disposal of the Coach.”

The Viola are struggling themselves this term and Amauri has been brought in to replace Alberto Gilardino following his move to Genoa.

“Gilardino is a great attacker, but I have different characteristics,” added the former Chievo and Parma hitman.

“Fiorentina are going through a peculiar time, but I have joined a great club. I’m here to give them a hand and my teammates will do the same for me.”

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