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Saturday September 7 2019
Agent: 'Borja Valero rejected transfers'

Borja Valero turned down moves to Fiorentina and Qatar because he "believes Inter can win everything this season and wants to convince Antonio Conte.”

The Spaniard is one of several players pushed to the sidelines over the summer and who were expected to leave San Siro.

“Borja wants to play for Inter. He left his home, Fiorentina, where they gave him all the love in the world and can never forget the way those people made him feel,” agent Alejandro Camano told passioneinter.com.

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Saturday September 7 2019
Benassi injury scare for Fiorentina

Fiorentina beat Serie B side Perugia 1-0 in a friendly with Franck Ribery in the starting XI, but lost Marco Benassi to injury.

The Viola played the test match last night and young player Tofol Montiel scored the only goal of the game, a fine curler from the edge of the box.

Ribery was in the starting line-up and combined well with Kevin-Prince Boateng to create several good chances, while deadline day signing Rachid Ghezzal came off the bench for his debut.

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Thursday September 5 2019
'Why Duncan left Liverpool'

The FIFA mediator who helped Fiorentina secure Bobby Duncan from Liverpool reveals he left partly because cousin Steven Gerrard “doesn’t get along with the current club.”

The 18-year-old finally made the move for €0.5m plus up to €1m in performance-related bonuses after a very public tug-of-war with the Reds.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Ghezzal: Joined a 'mythical' club

Rachid Ghezzal says he is delighted to have joined ‘a historic and mythical club’ in Fiorentina and that Serie A is ‘on par’ with the Premier League.

Ghezzal moved to Fiorentina on Monday, arriving on loan with a €10m option to buy and something to prove after an indifferent spell at Leicester City, where was burdened by Riyaz Mahrez comparisons. 

“I signed right at the end of the window and Monday was a stressful day,” the Algeria winger said at his official unveiling.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Batistuta rejects Maradona role

Gabriel Batistuta says he has rejected the chance to form part of Diego Maradona’s coaching staff at Argentine club Gimnasia La Plata.

Maradona has been out of work since leaving Mexican side Dorados in June but seems increasingly likely to take over at Gimnasia.

Amidst the speculation, Batistuta has now publicly confirmed that he will not be reuniting with his ex-Albiceleste strike partner and fellow Serie A icon.

“I want to thank Diego Maradona for an offer that I’ve been waiting to receive for a long time,” he tweeted.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Pedro: 'Honour to wear Batistuta shirt'

Fiorentina’s new signing Pedro said it’s “an honour to wear the Number 9 Viola jersey, the one worn by Gabriel Batistuta.”

The 22-year-old striker completed his transfer from Fluminense for €14m plus 20 per cent of a future sale.

“It’s an honour for me to be given the Number 9 Viola jersey, the one worn by an idol like Gabriel Batistuta, and I hope to make history in Florence too,” Pedro told Globo Esporte.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
De Paul: 'Happy to stay at Udinese'

Rodrigo De Paul is “happy to remain at Udinese, with a club that wanted me to stay at all costs” despite numerous offers.

The Argentina international was particularly linked with Fiorentina, Napoli and Milan.

“I am more relaxed now that the transfer window has closed,” De Paul told reporters while on international duty.

“Udinese really wanted me to stay, rejecting all the offers that came in. I am happy to remain with a club that wanted me to stay at all costs.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Probable Italy XI for Armenia

Italy are expected to start Federico Chiesa, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi, with Alessio Romagnoli in defence, but the doubt against Armenia is in midfield.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off in Yereven on Thursday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).

Coach Roberto Mancini has been forced to reshuffle after losing several players to injury, including Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, Leonardo Spinazzola, Bryan Cristante and Mattia De Sciglio, while Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo are dropped to the Under-21 squad as punishment for tardiness.

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Wednesday September 4 2019
Commisso: No Fiorentina pressure

Rocco Commisso has reiterated that he will not put any pressure on Fiorentina’s players or Coach Vincenzo Montella after a poor start to the season.

Commisso oversaw a rebuild at Fiorentina over the summer as he bankrolled eight signings, including Brazilian striker Pedro, former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and ex-Milan attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng.

“I’ve never seen Pedro play live,” the new owner told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Tuesday September 3 2019
Serie A fixture changes up to Wk16

The Lega Serie A have released the changes to the fixtures all the way up to Week 16 in December, including new kick-offs for Fiorentina-Juventus, Milan-Inter, Inter-Juve, Juve-Milan and Inter-Roma.

All kick-offs listed below are UK time, add one hour for local time.

Week 3

Sat Sep 14

Fiorentina v Juventus (14.00)

Napoli v Sampdoria (17.00)

Inter v Udinese (19.45)

Sun Sep 15

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