Friday, 15th August, 2014

Fiorentina coach Vincento Montella insists his decision to leave Juan Cuadrado out of tomorrow's friendly against Real Madrid does not indicate the Colombian winger is on the verge of a move elsewhere.

Montella left Cuadrado, along with the winger's team-mate Facundo Roncaglia, out of a trip to Warsaw, Poland, where Fiorentina will take on Real Madrid in a prestigious friendly clash.

Cuadrado has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United throughout the summer, with the pair thought to be keen on signing a player who scored eleven goals in Serie A last term.

And it was suggested Montella has left Cuadrado behind because a transfer is close.


But not so says Montella, who explained he wants to play with the side which will face Roma on the opening day of the Serie A season, when both Cuadrado and Roncaglia are suspended.


"Cuadrado? The truth has been told. Tomorrow is the most important game of pre-season and since he will be suspended, along with Roncaglia, in Rome, it was pointless to bring him here to Warsaw", Montella told a press conference.

"We decided to give them the opportunity to train in Florence."

Fiorentina start their Serie A campaign against Roma on 30th August.

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