Clash with Coach Contributed to Fiorentina Starlet Exit

Abdelhamid Sabiri has officially left Fiorentina to join Saudi club Al Fayha after just two months at the club. The Viola acquired him from Sampdoria last January and let him finish the season with the Blucerchiati.

The Moroccan international fared well during the summer friendlies, but then his relationship with Vincenzo Italiano quickly turned sour, Tuttomercatoweb relays. The attacker didn’t like that he wasn’t fielded against Genoa since it was a special game for him given his past. The coach didn’t take his complaints well. He excluded him from the ensuing matches, officially for a knee problem, and signed off on his departure. A few other teams were interested too.

Sabiri was suddenly linked to a move to Empoli before deadline day. Though, the deal didn’t come together in time. Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Spanish and Turkish clubs inquired too. The playmaker preferred transferring to Saudi Arabia.

The Viola also parted ways with Marco Benassi, who rescinded his contract, and Aleksandr Kokorin, who returned to Aris Limassol on loan.

Our Take on Sabiri and Fiorentina

Something smelt fishy since the fee wasn’t high enough to justify such an abrupt sale. Italiano takes no prisoners. While they still have sufficient depth in his positions, it’s a pity because it could have been the right team for him to fully blossom.

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