Fiorentina and Napoli completed the rumored swap of backup goalies Wednesday, with Salvatore Sirigu joining the Viola on a permanent transfer and the Partenopei adding Pierluigi Gollini on loan from Atalanta.
The veteran discussed the transfer with a hint of bitterness on his new club’s social media pages (via Corriere dello Sport).
“It may look a difficult choice from the outside, but things don’t depend on just one person. They are a product of multiple events. I’ll miss my teammates, with whom I had bonded a lot. There was a nice atmosphere inside the Azzurri locker room.”
“I’ve always had the luck of being part of important teams and meet good people. I hope it will be the case at Fiorentina as well. My wish is to enjoy this experience. I want to feel that burn inside that is crucial for a professional.”
Sirigu was quizzed whether he was eyeing the starting job after failing to log a single minute with Napoli.
“That’s everybody’s goal, and mine too, but I know Pietro Terracciano well, and he’s very good.”
The 36-year-old has manned the sticks of Palermo, Cremonese, Ancona, PSG, Osasuna, Torino, and Genoa during the course of his career. He agreed to a one-year contract with an optional second season with the Gigliati. Instead, Gollini will have the same role he had at Tottenham in the past campaign and will back up Alex Meret. Napoli hold an €8M option to make the transfer from Atalanta permanent at the end of the season.
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