Seria A star snubbed City.
Stevan Jovetic says he turned down a move to Manchester City this summer – and insists he is happy at Fiorentina.
The forward, previously tracked by Liverpool during the Rafael Benitez era, is highly regarded among Europe’s top clubs and Roberto Mancini was eager to land the 22-year-old to boost his attacking options.
But the Montenegrin star has revealed he blocked a move to the Etihad in favour of staying in Florence.
“I stopped those negotiations,” Jovetic told Gazzetta dello Sport. “By the time they had made their move from England I had already decided I would be staying in Florence.
“Am I happy to still be here? Absolutely, and I have no regrets.
“The objective here is to get back into Europe and I won’t leave here until this club is competing at the levels it should be.”
Interesting. Just hours after the Daily Mail claimed that City were set to win the race for £12m-rated star Jovetic, the Montenegrin has revealed he rejected the chance to join the Champions this summer and wants to stay at Fiorentina for the foreseeable future.
It didn’t take long for Manchester City fans to get used to the idea that their club could sign anyone in the world but Jovetic’s rejection is one of several disappointments suffered by the Eastlands outfit this summer.
Robin van Persie wasn’t interested in a move to City, and eventually joined rivals Man United, while the club were also snubbed in their attempts to sign the likes of Javi Martinez, Daniele de Rossi and Daniel Agger.
Instead, they ended up with Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell – both decent young players with potential but neither are even England regulars.
Jovetic has made the headlines recently after Rafa Benitez claimed he identified the forward as the man to help bring the title to Anfield during his time as Liverpool boss.
Clearly the youngster has enormous talent but his comments suggest that any suitors are wasting their time making a bid. Jovetic wants to help Fiorentina into the Champions League, a big ask given Italy now has only three spots for Europe’s elite competition and the Viola are facing competition from the likes of Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma.
Helping the club return to ‘the levels it should be’ could take quite some time.
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