Old Trafford flop sees his long-term future at Fiorentina

Having failed to nail down a regular first team place at Manchester United, Anderson believes his future lies at Fiorentina.

The Brazilian international was a big-money signing for the Reds in the summer of 2007, and although his time in England was littered with trophies, he was never able to really nail down his importance to the side. And having featured just seven times for David Moyes this season, he was deemed surplus to requirements.

During the January transfer window Anderson moved to Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season, and he has already made three appearances for the Italian club. And although the midfielder remains under contract at Old Trafford until 2015, he has made it clear that he now sees his long-term future at the Viola.

“It is better for me at Fiorentina,” he told The Sun. “The manager wants me and has shown his trust. Even though the contract is only on loan, I want to stay for a long time. Fiorentina are a great team with an ambitious project. Everyone knows Fiorentina can progress a lot in Italy and in European competition.”

During his time in England, Anderson won four Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League, as well as two League Cups. The 25-year-old has eight international caps for Brazil, yet as he won the last of these in November 2008, it would be some turnaround if he makes their World Cup squad this summer.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, lost their Coppa Italia semi-final first leg clash to Udinese on Tuesday night, and take on Esbjerg in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. In Serie A, their aim of finishing in the top three is still within reach, as they currently stand in fourth place and just three points behind Napoli.


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