US-born forward Giuseppe Rossi ready to leave Fiorentina

Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi, right, tries to dribbles past AC Milan's Keisuke Honda during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Fiorentina at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) American-born forward Giuseppe Rossi has made it clear he is on the verge of leaving Serie A club Fiorentina in search of more playing time.

Italian media have reported he is close to joining Levante, which is last in the standings of the Spanish top-flight, after starting just four league matches this season as he recovers from a fourth knee operation.

On Thursday he wrote a long message to a fan on Twitter saying ''I gave my all in everything I've done … But it's hard to do when chances are few and far between.''

Rossi adds ''football is life for me, and if you take that away from me I can never be happy. I hope … the Fiorentina fans can understand me because I want to smile again.''