Monday May 23 2011
Montolivo: I won't extend Viola deal

Riccardo Montolivo has confirmed that he won't sign a contract extension at Fiorentina – but he is ready to stay at the club until June 2012.

The midfielder was offered a new deal until 2016 last autumn, but he refused to put pen to paper while he considered his options.

"I have decided not to renew my contract," he told Italian news agency ANSA on Monday afternoon.

"Fiorentina have always been my priority. I love this shirt, but the doubts that saw me take time to reflect have still not gone away.

"It is not a question of money or the project, it is just that something has changed – the atmosphere and the Della Valle family who for work reasons have moved further and further away."

Inter and Juventus have been linked with the Italian international over recent months, but the player insists he has spoken to nobody.

"I want to make it clear that I haven't agreed anything with any other club," continued the Atalanta youth product.

"I put myself at the total disposal of Fiorentina so we can decide in unison the right decision for the future.

"Nevertheless, if the club want to keep me until the end of my contract in 2012 then there will be no problems. I'll stay with joy."

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