The president viola in the press conference at the end of the season: “That tweet… I don’t know who decides these things for them”. And on the Conference: “For me, players and fans are all heroes”
He remains Italian, Pradè as well, losing the finals means that they will be played and the team will be strengthened, obviously in the Viola economic parameters. This is the summary of the two-hour press conference of President Commisso who will leave for the States on Monday until August. “It was a very positive season, even excellent in some moments. It’s a pity for the Viola that the trophy didn’t arrive, but losing in the final means getting there and for me, the players and fans are all heroes. There were 176 games in the Conference League , only two have played it. Us and those West Ham ‘animals’, speaking of the fans: given what they did to Biraghi, influencing him and the whole team. Let’s hope that UEFA takes action.”
No news compared to what was filtered on the future of Italian. “Yesterday I met him, he had never told us he wanted to leave, we will start over with him. We talked about the future, who to keep, who to send away, he expressed his opinions and we will try to do the best things. All together we will try to improve the team without making debts like others. No one from Fiorentina has ever thought of kicking Italiano away, not even when some fans wrote about it in February. I’ve always said ‘blame on me’. And we’ve never been afraid that they’d take him away from us, the contracts they respect each other. In La Spezia it was different, he had a clause. The first year he also had it with us, but last year at the time of the renewal he wanted to cancel it. He’s happy, he has the opportunity to make history in Florence and we hope he can stay here for many years. Will Pradè stay? Sure”.
ATTACK AND JUVE
“From Chiesa and Vlahovic we collected 135 million which is fundamental for our coffers, spending 15 million between Cabral and Jovic who have almost double their goals this season. I wish I could do this for all departments (laughs, ed). Then we’ll see what the coach thinks but we’re very happy with the forwards.” Even general director Barone declares himself “very satisfied with the offensive numbers. Then in life everything can be improved, let’s see”. The impression is that only a player considered decidedly superior to the two can change something forward (one like Milik?). “I remember that we are not a company that can hire players for 100 million, and even if I could, I wouldn’t do it. The truth is that we have little revenue. But financially we are fine, we have a liquidity ratio of 1.25, just to give an example”. Asked about the possible disqualification of Juve in Europe, Commisso does not answer. But he takes off a pebble after the tweet of compliments to West Ham. “I don’t know who decides these things on their own, I would never have done that.”
STADIUM AND MARKET
On the stadium, Commisso said: “Inside Viola Park, the stadium with 1,500 fans will be named after Astori. The one with 3,000 at the Curva Fiesole”. Where will Fiorentina play during the Franchi restyling works? Barone explains: “The Municipality is thinking of a temporary structure here near rugby (the ‘Padovani’) which in the future could host 16 thousand people. With works to be completed within 12 months, for this I will be supporting the Municipality. With whom we have an excellent comparison”. Closure on the market, Commisso speaks: “Amrabat has had a great season, I thank him”, while Barone goes into detail: “Let’s see if requests arrive, for now they are only rumors. We protect our assets, if offers arrive we will see if it will be possible to please him. But it will be a long journey”.
June 10 – 2.33pm
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