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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Fiorentina want Berbatov money back

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent, and ESPN staff

Fiorentina have demanded money back from Dimitar Berbatov after the striker's last-ditch decision not to join them but move to Fulham instead.

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The Serie A club, who last week issued a statement attacking Berbatov for his actions, now want him to refund the cost of plane tickets used by the player and agent Emil Dantchevto take them to Florence for a medical.

But the duo never arrived as Berbatov, 31, opted to re-join Martin Jol - his manager during a highly productive spell at Tottenham - at Craven Cottage.

The Viola referred to the plane tickets in the statement issued after the deal had fallen through, saying: "[We thought] the player had embarked, accompanied by his attorney, on a flight - tickets paid for by Fiorentina - to Florence. But the player never arrived in Florence."

Fiorentina director of sport Daniele Prade, speaking to Radio Blu this week, took another swipe at the striker and said: "I'm happy he didn't arrive. I've never seen anything like it. We want the plane ticket refunded and will certainly demand that reimbursement from his agent, 100%."

However, Prade admitted that signing Berbatov "would have been the icing on the cake of an excellent transfer window... but we are happy as we are."

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