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Christian Vieri has returned to Atalanta for the third time in his career, the club have confirmed.

Vieri played for the Bergamaschi in 1996 before being snapped up by Juventus. He returned to the club 10 years later but he hardly played for them, making only seven appearances and scoring two goals. He moved to Fiorentina last term on a one-year deal and he has now rejoined the Nerazzurri after being released by La Viola.

Reports earlier claimed that the former Atletico Madrid hit-man had agreed a £10,000 per week deal with Hull City of the English Premier League but Atalanta have moved in quickly and they will be looking forward to having Vieri back to his best next season. 

A statement on the club’s official website reads:  

“Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio would like to communicate that the club have gained the rights to Christian Vieri for the 2008/09 season.”  

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the club and it is believed he has taken a massive pay cut also.  

The player is getting closer to retirement and he is hoping to have one last jingle in Serie A with the Bergamo based outfit.  

Atalanta just missed out on the UEFA Cup last season and Vieri may be the man to fire them into Europe next term.

Salvatore Landolina