Gomez joins Fiorentina with eye on World Cup
Mario Gomez has made it clear why he chose to leave European
champion Bayern Munich for Fiorentina.
The Germany striker believes that by transferring to a smaller
club he’ll get more playing time and have a better chance of
staying in form for next year’s World Cup.
”My transfer may seem strange to some people. I had everything
in Munich. But here I have the chance to play in view of the World
Cup,” Gomez said at his presentation Monday.
Gomez added that new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola recommended
Fiorentina to him for the Tuscan club’s attacking style developed
last season under first-year manager Vincenzo Montella.
Gomez scored 112 goals in 172 games for Bayern across the past
His reported transfer fee was ?20 million ($26 million).
”The arrival of a champion like Gomez confirms how strong our
ownership is,” said Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade.
”It’s an ownership that allows us to battle against Goliath on
About 15,000 fans welcomed Gomez at the Stadio Franchi.
”All this enthusiasm is great, it gives me a lot of energy,”
Gomez said. ”I feel a lot of responsibility and I want to