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

four seasons.

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

equal terms.”

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