Fiorentina: Jovetic not for sale

Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has rubbished reports linking teenage star Stevan Jovetic with a move away from the club.

The 19-year-old forward has netted five league goals in 35 appearances for la Viola since arriving from Partizan in 2008, and has already made 11 outings for Montenegro, scoring six times.

But he shot to instant stardom on Tuesday night after netting both goals in the club's 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League, having only been drafted into the starting line-up against the five-time European Cup winners due to Alberto Gilardino's suspension

After the prodigy's two-goal salvo against Rafael Benitez's side, reports were soon linking the 'Montenegrin Messi' with a move to Manchester United, while Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich have also been tipped to sign the player in the past.

However, Fiorentina chief Corvino has quickly rubbished any talk of their prize asset leaving anytime soon.

"Jovetic is for sale? Absolutely not," he told Radio Radio.

"He is a Fiorentina player and has the will to remain one and we wish to keep him. He will be one of the strengths of our project.

"I paid €8 million when he was very young and he had no clause. Felipe Melo had a clause of €8m and [Sebastien] Frey of €18m.

"We are placing ourselves in a situation, where one day, we do not have to worry about these buy-out clauses."


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