Nicolas Gonzalez officially signed his Fiorentina extension on Tuesday, pushing the expiry date to 2028 and receiving a pay bump. He’s now among the highest earners at the club with a €2.5M salary plus add-ons. The winger waxed poetics about the club, the city, and the fans in his remarks after the signature (via Sky).
“I’m happy here, and I want to stay for a long time, even though it’s impossible to make promises in football. I can’t guarantee we’ll win a trophy, but it’d be wonderful. We reached two finals last season. Being handed the no.10 is a sign of trust, but no.9 is the most meaningful number inm my mind because it belonged to Gabriel Omar Batistuta. The coach and the president helped me a lot since I came here.”
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Fiorentina had the opportunity to sell Gonzalez for a hefty sum in the last two windows but didn’t pull the trigger.
In January 2023, Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton offered €35M plus bonuses. Instead, Brentford put forth €45M last summer to lure the Argentine, but they were rebuffed too.
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) September 26, 2023
Our Take on Fiorentina and Gonzalez
The Viola inevitably need to keep ahold of their best player to take a step forward and erase the feeder team reputation. They turned down real money, but one has to wonder what would have happened if a top outfit came knocking.
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