In-form Toni in the limelight
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fiorentina striker Luca Toni is flattered to be compared to Gabriel Batistuta.
Fiorentina striker Luca Toni is flattered to be compared to Viola legend Gabriel Batistuta and is in no hurry to move abroad.
The in-form Italy international has bagged 15 goals in 12 games and is being tipped to have a major impact in next year's World Cup finals.
Speculation has been rife that Barcelona and Bayern Munich would like to sign Toni, but the Viola hit-man told skysports.com that he is very settled in Florence.
"I know nothing," he insisted in an exclusive interview. "A future abroad? It's clear, you don't know what can happen in football but I'd like, maybe at the end of my career, to try and have a foreign experience.
"For the moment, I feel good in Florence."
Toni is flattered by all the attention being paid to him but is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
"It's a magical moment for me because I'm scoring a lot and I'm flattered by the comparisons to a big player like Gabriel Batistuta, who really achieved a lot in Fiorentina's jersey," he told skysports.com.
"But it's too soon to make comparisons. My best goal? Absolutely the last one, against Milan yesterday.
"It's a golden period. Each time I touch the ball, I score but I don't know how many goals I will score.
"Maybe a period will arrive in which there will be difficulties. I hope to score a lot.
"Which defender has given me the most trouble? There have been a few of them but I think Alessandro Nesta is the strongest defender in the world, although I scored against him yesterday.
"I really feel good in Florence," he asserted. "They are a serious club with a president who wants to do things in a good way. I think something important could happen so I'd like to be one of the protagonists of this."
Fiorentina are currently in second place in Serie A and face some key matches in the upcoming weeks.
"Now we have two other really hard matches," he added. "We will go away to Roma then have Juventus at home.
"After these matches, we maybe know what our role could be this season. We absolutely don't think of the Scudetto. We are absolutely enjoying this moment but I think there are many other strong sides.
"It's true we're not in the European Cups but there are about three or four teams who are surely better than us.
"[Coach Cesare] Prandelli deserves great credit. He's a really good coach and he has been able to build a squad.
"We were many players who didn't play together last season - he has built a great group and I think the results show this."