Toni blasts exit rumours
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Italian quarter final hero Luca Toni says he has no desire to leave Fiorentina.
Italian quarter final hero Luca Toni has hit out at recent reports linking him with a move from Fiorentina, stating he wants to stay in Florence next season.
The Viola star ended a mini goal drought by netting a brace in the 3-0 win over Ukraine on Friday, adding to the 31 goals he struck in Serie A last season.
Toni's incredible domestic form saw him linked with European giants such as Internazionale and Barcelona, but the tall striker has given Fiorentina a huge boost by declaring that he has no intention of leaving Stadio Artemio Franchi.
"I'm here at the World Cup as a Viola striker and I hope to be so also next year," said Toni.
"At the beginning of the retreat with the Azzurri I said I wanted to talk with my president, but then I have something more important to think about - the World Cup, and Fiorentina too.
"Viola are clean, I hope they will leave the scandal clean.
"Also my girlfriend and my family too have been involved in market rumours.
"I have never said I wanted to leave Florence, I just said that Fiorentina in this moment have other things to think about and not certainly to me."
Toni also hit out at his detractors in the Italian media who attacked him as he failed to score in the first four games of the Azzurri's World Cup campaign.
"I was coming from a fantastic season, I scored 31 goals and you criticised me," Toni added.
"I heard absurd things, that I hadn't been good in training, that I had a negative attitude towards my team-mates.
"I have been really sorry, but now I'm facing many journalists and it's too easy giving me compliments.
"Lippi always told me to be calm, I have still felt a big faith around me.
"I've been sorry to read certain comments in the papers."