Fiorentina urge Riccardo Montolivo to extend deal

Tuscany-based outfit willing to renegotiate a new deal with Montolivo if he makes a U-turn over future as club chief invites him to declare his position
Fiorentina have told Riccardo Montolivo he will get a new deal if he really wants one - just a week after the Italy international midfielder refused to commit his future to the Artemio Franchi club.

The 26-year-old has been linked with AC Milan, Inter and Juventus, and his explanation of refusing to sign a new deal to his current 2012 terms gave rise to speculation he would leave this summer.

However, club chief Andrea Della Valle is ready to give Montolivo a second chance to ponder his future there.

"We do not have any more meetings planned with the lad [Montolivo]. He needs to tell the city and fans if he wants to stay in Florence. He must explain to them if he believes in our project," Della Valle told the press.

"If he does, then a contract renewal is available. I hope Montolivo can be our second 'buy' of the season. The first is clearly Stevan Jovetic now that he has recovered."

Della Valle was also quick to remind players he only wants those who cultivate a good work ethic following last season's failed crop.

"I demand that the players here are motivated," he said.

"Unfortunately, this year I did not see the right passion in the eyes of some players. This is why I say for many of them that an era is over."

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