Toni to decide after World Cup
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luca Toni insists he will only make a decision about his club future after the World Cup.
Luca Toni insists he will only make a decision about his club future after Italy's World Cup campaign has drawn to a close.
The Fiorentina striker has been strongly linked with a switch to Internazionale, with the rumours gathering momentum after Nerazzurri official Gabriele Oriali claimed the player's transfer was a done deal.
Oriali's comments have angered the Viola whose director general Pantaleo Corvino has already met with Inter officials once in order to declare last season's 31-goal Serie A top scorer as unavailable for transfer.
Inter owner Massimo Moratti has further heightened speculation by confirming that he is an admirer of the player's talents but Toni has attempted to extricate himself from the boardroom wrangling in a bid to channel his energies into the Azzurri's World Cup campaign.
"I'm at the World Cup and I am Fiorentina's striker," said Toni.
"At the end of the competition I will sit down with the president and talk about my options.
"But the aim is to stay in Florence and be part of a good team."
Toni's hint that he would be happy to remain at Fiorentina will come as a disappointment to Moratti, who admitted that if it were his choice the player would be donning blue and black next season.
"Toni is a good player. If he wanted to join us then I would sign him immediately. But it is complicated," said Moratti.
Toni will be in action on Saturday evening when Marcello Lippi's side take on USA in their second Group E fixture.