Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has rejected suggestions that he is looking for a move away from Fiorentina because he is yet to sign a new contract. The player confirmed that he has just over six months left on his deal.
However, he has not signed on the dotted line just yet primarily because he is concentrating on the league campaign. It is expected that Aquilani may extend his contract with Fiorentina, if he wishes to, during the winter break. Aquilani’s agent recently confirmed that the player has been holding talks with the club over a potential contract extension.
Fiorentina would not be happy with letting the player leave on a free transfer, as they would ideally like to get some transfer fee. After a few disastrous years at Liverpool, the former Roma man does seem to be coming back to his best. He has been at Fiorentina since 2012, but he is reported to have cost the club under £ 1 million in transfer fees. This is because of his injury crisis at Liverpool, which forced the Premier League outfit to cut their losses on the player they had signed for around £ 20 million a few years ago. The 30-year-old has featured in 13 matches this season and has scored one goal.
“The situation is clear – my contract expires next June.My relationship with the club is good, with directors I’ve known for a long time. So there’s no war!We’ve begun the journey [to a renewal], and we’re talking about it. But there’s still no news because I’ve played a lot of matches this season, including with the national team and therefore there wasn’t much time to talk. I’m fine here, and the club knows that,” said Aquilani. Fiorentina are 10th in the table with just three wins from the opening 10 matches.
Fiorentina have revealed that the demands of the former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani in terms of wages almost made the deal impossible. Fiorentina recently completed the signing of the Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani for an undisclosed fee.
The former Roma midfielder had fallen out of favour under all the previous managers at the club. He was signed by the former Liverpool manager Benitez many seasons ago, but injury problems and poor form have restricted him to starting only a handful of matches in these four seasons. Alberto Aquilani brought an end to the disappointing spell at Anfield in the summer by completing a permanent move to Italy.
He has signed a long-term deal with the Italian club Fiorentina, who are looking to get back into the glory days after struggling for the last couple of seasons. It was not long ago that the club were playing in the Champions League, but they now find themselves without the additional revenue from the competition. This coupled with the excessive wage demands of the player almost put the deal off according to the sporting director of the club. However, they were able to come to an agreement with the player after a few rounds of discussion.
“The most difficult operation? The one with Liverpool for Aquilani, who had a salary impractical for Fiorentina and perhaps also for all Italian clubs. We resolved it along with Liverpool, our good relations paid off. It was great taking back Aquilani to Fiorentina. Alberto in Florence will again be a top player,” said the sporting director of the club, Daniele Prade. So far, the arrival of Alberto Aquilani has worked wonders for the club after he has helped the club win two of the three matches in the new season. This has put Fiorentina in the sixth position in the table.