january 04, 2013 • 01:29 PM

Giuseppe Rossi joins Fiorentina from Villarreal

Giuseppe Rossi looks to get back on the pitch after a 16-month injury absence as he joins Fiorentina.
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Preparing to return from injury, Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi has completed a transfer from Villarreal to Fiorentina.

The Tuscan club announced the move Friday and Rossi signed a four-year deal worth slightly more than €2 million ($2.6 million) per season, plus bonuses.

Fiorentina reportedly paid a €9.5 million ($12.45 million) transfer fee to Villarreal.

Rossi, who was born in New Jersey, has been out for 14 months, since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He underwent surgery a day later, then tore the same ACL again and had another operation in April. He is expected to start playing again in March.

The 25-year-old Rossi had been with Villarreal since 2007. He began his career with Manchester United.

Fiorentina has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half of the Serie A season and is tied for third with Inter Milan, nine points behind leader Juventus.

Rossi will join two other former Villarreal players already with Fiorentina, defender Gonzalo Rodriguez and midfielder Borja Valero.


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