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Amauri keen on Fiorentina move

Out-of-favour Juventus striker Amauri says he would be honoured to replace Alberto Gilardino at Fiorentina.

The former Palermo attacker has not featured for Antonio Conte’s men this season, and has reportedly turned down moves to Marseille and Genoa.

With Gilardino expected to leave Florence in January to join the latter, Amauri said he would welcome a transfer to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

“Florence is a wonderful city and I would have no problem reaching an agreement with Fiorentina, as they are an ambitious club,” Amauri told TMW.

“I would accept with great enthusiasm. Reducing my wages would not be an issue, because that is the least of my concerns. We’ll see if these rumours become reality, as I am honoured to hear of their interest.”

“I’d also like to make it clear that I never rejected Genoa.”

“I had contact with the Rossoblu before Christmas and planned another meeting, but it never happened.”

“The only club I ever turned down was Marseille, because they wouldn’t give me the contract length that I wanted.”

The Brazil-born forward regrets the nature of his imminent departure from Juventus, but is looking forward to his next challenge.

“My story with Juventus ended in January last year. I didn’t want it to end this way and could not understand all the rage against me,” he said.

“I don’t even want to understand it. This is over for me and I just want to find a team to recuperate the five months I lost here at Juventus.”

Sat 31 December, 2011
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