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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Jovetic rejected Man City move

Richard Jolly

Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic said he rejected the chance to join Manchester City and Juventus in the summer.

Jovetic, 22, who scored 14 times last season and has been on the radar of City boss Roberto Mancini for a while, claims the Premier League champions contacted the Serie A club about him.

It was reported City made a 12 million bid for Jovetic and he told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I stopped those negotiations. By the time they had made their move from England I had already decided that I would be staying in Florence.

"Am I happy to still be here? Absolutely and I have no regrets. The objective here is to get back into Europe and I won't leave here until this club is competing at the levels it should be."

Jovetic said Fiorentina's fierce rivalry with Juventus was the reason why he did not want to join the Serie A champions.

"I love this city and this club and that is why I could never betray them by going to Juventus," he added.

Jovetic was also wanted by Liverpool in 2009, when Rafa Benitez blamed then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett as he was unable to afford to take the former FK Partizan player to Anfield.




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