La Viola’s sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has emphatically denied the reports linking emerging star Juan Manuel Vargas with a move to Real Madrid during either the January transfer window or next summer. Corvino underlined the club’s ambition by insisting the Gigliati will not sell any of its prized assets unless they no longer want to remain with the Tuscan side.
Corvino went on to hint Fiorentina is focused on improving its squad and not parting with it’s stars. Vargas has become an integral part of Coach Cesare Prandelli’s plans as he juggles and rotates the starting lineup with injuries and suspensions significantly affecting his tactics from one match to another. The full-back who is now mostly functioning as a left-winger has been instrumental in the recent upturn in la Viola’s results. Los Galacticos have been rumoured to be following the talented Peruvian international and were supposedly on the verge of securing his signature only for the player himself to stress he is focused on succeeding in Florence despite the flattery of having an elite side such as Los Blancos showing interest in his services. It is unlikely that a move will take place given the player’s contract does not expire before 2012. Only a massive offer from the Madrid side could potentially tempt the Gigliati’s management to part ways with one of its most influential players.
Coach Prandelli took time to praise another of his emerging stars, Stevan Jovetic, during the international break. Prandelli, at the center of media claims linking him with the la Nazionale job once Marcello Lippi vacates, heaped praise on the young prodigy and declared the Montenegrin as a great player who has immense potential which can lead him to club and personal glory. The well-respected Coach touched upon his own status with the club claiming he is satisfied with the current situation since his contract still has a year left before it expires. Could the shrewd tactician be looking to take over from Lippi or is all this just mere speculation? Frankly, it is quite early to get immersed in media babble with Prandelli apparently plotting for a prolonged stint with the Tuscan team. He is laying the foundation for a competitive side defined by a mixture of veteran presence, in the shape of Cristiano Zanetti and Adrian Mutu, and youthful vigor as displayed by the performances of Jovetic.
Azzurri midfielder Riccardo Montolivo mentioned to la Gazzetta dello Sport Prandelli’s desire to bring success to Florence and lift trophies prior to taking over the Azzurri post. The Fiorentina midfielder was recently by Prandelli for his string of consistent displays after a difficult start to the season. The Coach addressed the topic with Sportmediaset stating he is not in contact with anyone from the Italian Federation (FIGC) while hailing Italy boss Marcello Lippi as one of the best. One striking similarity between the two tacticians is Lippi’s ability to keep the focus of his players on the matches ahead as clearly witnessed during the 2006 triumph despite all the media fuss regarding the match-fixing scandal, and Prandelli’s success in having the players concentrate on upcoming fixtures in spite of Mutu’s distracting legal battle and the wave of injuries and suspensions which hit the club at a delicate time.
Certainly Lippi has achieved much more yet time is on Prandelli’s side and he recently was praised by the Republic of Ireland’s Giovanni Trapattoni. The wily tactician went as far as naming Prandelli as his successor and wishing him an even more glorious career than his own. The praise heaped on Prandelli reveals the respect the Coach commands in his locker and perhaps explains why the Florence club is one of the very few top ranked sides in the peninsula with little dirt to publish or write about. His departure will certainly leave a considerable void that will need to be filled by an experienced and capable boss.
This weekend features Parma’s visit to Stadio Artemio Franchi to take on a buoyant Fiorentina side following a succession of three wins in domestic and European competition. La Viola will be counting on Alberto Gilardino to score goals as Vargas and winger Marco Marchionni will be entrusted with the task of creating opportunities while both Jovetic and Mutu continue their recovery process from injury. Parma will offer a tricky test since a mere point separates both sides in this heated tussle for a Champions League spot next season. The Crociati will offer stern resistance to Fiorentina’s attacks and may very well escape unscathed considering the absence of Jovetic among others.
Fiorentina Club Focus
Viola continue to grind out results – September 15, 2009
La Viola lose Gilardino and the points – September 18, 2009
Fatigue catching up with la Viola – September 22, 2009
Della Valle Resigns as Fiorentina triumph over Sampdoria – September 25, 2009
La Viola finally win away as De Silvestri makes debut – September 29, 2009
The beginning of the Jovetic era in Florence? – October 2, 2009
Two points lost and a wasted opportunity – October 6, 2009
Good news all round – October 9, 2009
International Week (Republic of Ireland-Italy, Italy-Cyprus)
Transfer rumours abound as Gilardino fires la Nazionale to South Africa – October 13, 2009
Gilardino shines again as la Viola eye the Bianconeri’s scalp – October 16, 2009
La Viola holds firm against Juventus – October 20, 2009
Crucial win over Debrecen, Manchester United prepare bid for Jovetić? – October 23, 2009
La Viola going through a rough patch – October 30, 2009
Marchionni brace completes Fiorentina rebound – November 3, 2009
Prandelli and co. march on against Debrecen – November 6, 2009
La Viola edge Udinese as Marchionni and Montolivo earn Azzurri recall – November 10, 2009
Vargas to stay as Prandelli praises Jovetic – November 20, 2009