Toni eyes scoring prize
Genoa striker Luca Toni says he wants to be Serie A's top scorer next season.
By Simone Bargellini & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 03/07/10 6:17pm
Genoa striker Luca Toni says he wants to be Serie A's top scorer next season after being officially unveiled by the club.
The 33-year-old has returned to his native Italy after his time with German side Bayern Munich turned sour following a row with coach Louis van Gaal.
The front-man revealed his desire to repay his employers for faith shown in him after penning a two-year deal at Luigi Ferraris worth €4million-a-season (£3.3m).
That wage makes the veteran Genoa's highest-paid player in their history and Toni said he wanted to show his worth by repaying every cent shelled out for his services.
Toni said: "I am here because the president, the coach and all the staff really wanted me. Now it's up to me to repay this faith.
"I want to try to help the squad, to achieve our aims and to score as many goals as possible. We have to try, before anything else, to have a good campaign.
"There are a few stronger squads but we are immediately behind, we have to try to better last year's results and to be behind the big clubs."
Eyeing the Capocannoniere, the award for the top scorer in Italian football, he added: "My aim is to score goals and win the goalscoring standings which I miss, but the squad always comes first."
Toni has won the award during his time at Fiorentina in 2006 before securing a move to Bayern that saw him in equally destructive form.
The Italy international plundered 39 goals in his first season in 2007 to top the scoring charts there but he eventually fell out of favour at the Allianz Arena.
The dispute with Van Gaal saw him shipped back to Roma on loan last season and a permanent deal at Genoa gives the player a chance to reignite his career.
That prospect could lead to a recall to the national team set-up for Toni, who says he would like to add to his tally of 47 Azzurri caps under new coach Cesare Prandelli.
But he was clear about his commitments to Genoa - saying of a return to international football "comes in second place."
He went on: "It's obvious that Prandelli knows me well, I had good seasons with him.
"There are young and strong attackers but if I score a lot I hope he takes me into consideration."