Rossi eyes Viola stay, "I'm very happy to be here"

The injury prone forward wants to stay at Fiorentina

Rossi eyes Viola stay, "I'm very happy to be here"
Rossi's ability has never been doubted | Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Giuseppe Rossi has insisted he is "very happy" to be with Fiorentina despite rumours persisting he will be sold due to not being in manager Paulo Sousa's plans.

The Tuscan club have stood by Rossi and his long list of injuries since his 2013 arrival but it would appear that he will be moving to pastures new especially after being shipped out on loan to Levante in January, where he scored six in 17 appearances.

Fiorentina are a great club

Rossi hasn't managed to catch a break, often getting injured when he comes into form | Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Rossi faces a constant struggle with injuries  | Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Gazzetta dello Sport caught up with the 29-year-old upon landing back on Italian soil after his summer break and quoted him as saying "I'm happy, although I'm tired after the long journey" adding that he still wishes to play for "a great team and that's what Fiorentina are."

Furthermore, Rossi admitted his only thoughts were on "resting, and getting started with the season."

"Of course I'll have a chat with Sousa, and with everyone else, but I'll say this again, I'm very happy to be here" he concluded.

Injuries have no doubt blighted what promised to be a top career for the Manchester United youth product who enjoyed his best footballing years at Villarreal scoring over 50 goals in a six year stay before his move to Serie A. In three years with the viola, the American born former Italian international has suited up just over 30 times but boasts a great 16 goals to his name in that time. 

A number of undecided futures

Rossi isn't the only forward who could depart the Stadio Artemio Franchi over the course of summer with both Mauro Zarate and Mario Gomez likely to leave. Zarate spent last term with Premier League side West Ham while Gomez found top form while on loan at Besiktas, where he is expected to complete a permanent move to having won the Turkish league title with them while being the league's top scorer in the process with 26 goals.