Captain shuns Viola extension
Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo has rocked the club by confirming he will not be signing a new contract.
By Simone Bargellini & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 24/05/11 11:33am
Fiorentia captain Riccardo Montolivo has rocked the club by confirming he will not be signing a new contract.
The Italian international, who has been strongly linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, has announced that he will not be extending his current deal which has just over 12 months left on it.
The 26-year-old insisted he had not held talks with other clubs, but had decided his future lay away from Florence.
"I have decided not to extend my relationship with Fiorentina," he told ANSA.
"I put myself at the disposal of the club to decide together the right decision. But I would point out that I'm not entered into commitments with any other clubs.
"Fiorentina has always been my priority, I love this shirt but the doubts that had brought me to take a pause for reflection are not gone: it's not a question of money or of the project, only that something changed from a few years ago.
"However, if the club would keep me here until the end of my contract, in June 2012, there will be no problems, I would gladly, it would not be a punishment for me".
Fiorentina have reacted with disappointment to the news, CEO Sandro Mencucci told ANSA: "The reasons that Riccardo gave leave us very perplexed.
"Fiorentina's situation has not changed and the goals have not changed.
"You must have the courage to say why you want to go, to win, earn more money or to go to a top club. For our part we have done everything to keep Montolivo proposing a long agreement with important figures. We're not disappointed, we're sorry. "
Fiorentina's vice president Mario Cognigni told the Corriere Fiorentino: "We were willing to guarantee to Montolivo a five-year contract with a wage of two million-a-year.
"We wanted to build the team around Riccardo. If a player changes his mind and decides to take other roads, pursue other objectives, he should say it clearly, assuming the responsibilities, but without downloading the guilt."