Wednesday March 7 2012
Rossi: ‘Kjaer is the best’

Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi has defended under-fire Roma stopper Simon Kjaer from mounting criticism.

The Dane joined the Giallorossi in the summer on a loan deal from Wolfsburg, but he’s had his problems with form.

However, Rossi, who bossed the centre-back at Palermo, has underlined that the international has quality.

“He’s the best defender that I have ever coached,” the Viola tactician told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

“He has exceptional qualities and he’s unbeatable in one-on-one situations.

“You can have bad seasons, but the player can’t be doubted because he is an element who offers guarantees.

“He has quality, he’s flexible and, importantly, he’s on first name terms with the ball.”

It’s unclear at this time whether the Italian club will take up their option to sign the 22-year-old outright in the summer.

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