German International Mario Gomez who spent half of last season dealing with knee injuries came out at a press conference preaching that Fiorentina can be a to three team.
“I am happy with how pre-season training is going,” said Gomez in a Press conference.
“I’ve had a long time to recover my form, doing many sports. I feel good and the injury is behind me now. I’m doing everything to be in top condition for the start of the season.
“Last year I gave my all, even if I didn’t play very much. This term I want to play regularly and give back to Fiorentina.
“This club signed me and renewed the contracts of Borja Valero and Gonzalo Rodriguez because it wants to grow. Hopefully we won’t have so many injury problems this year.”
Fiorentina had a great campaign last year finishing 3rd in the league and reaching the Copa Italia finals but says they could do better.
“We can improve on fourth. Third place is not only a dream, but a possibility. In order to achieve it, we need all the players in great shape.”
The Viola didn’t get to try out the trio of Giuseppe Rossi, Gomez and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, but the Colombian could possibly leave in a €33m bidding war between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
“Juan had a great World Cup and season overall. I can understand if a big club comes looking then he could think about it, but he’s important for us and I hope he stays, as he can make the difference.
“I’d love to see a Fiorentina with me, Rossi and Cuadrado together.”
Gomez missed out on the World Cup in Brazil due to injuries during the season, but cheered on his teammates and fellow countrymen.
“I am happy for them, though obviously it was a pity not to be there after such a long run. Who knows, maybe in future there could be room for me too.
“It was a surprise to see Philipp Lahm retire from international football, as he can play at the top level until he’s 40. He’s the best player I ever worked with in my entire career. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are great too, but Philipp is a genius.
“Germany won the World Cup because they were a team. Everyone gave their best regardless of who started. It was a united squad and nobody thought they were above the others. This is what counts in football.”