Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli insisted that he is determined to hold on to Federico Chiesa next season, but admitted he was powerless to prevent the young forward from leaving.
The Italian international has drawn interest from Serie A rivals Inter and Juventus after two successful seasons at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, becoming an integral part of Pioli’s plans.
Chiesa’s performances prompted Pioli to laud the 20-year-old as the brightest talent in Italian football, but conceded that the Viola may have to go into the upcoming season without the forward.
“He is the strongest young player in Italy,” the former Lazio coach told Sky Sport Italia. “I think it is evident, and he has shown this with the national team.
“I’d like to see him here next season and continue to coach him because Fiorentina’s goal is to improve the team. Us coaches do not work the transfer market. We know that it can be unpredictable and it can be hard to make decisions when certain figures are offered, but the aim is always to improve the squad.”
Chiesa, son of former Italy international striker Enrico, has scored 10 goals in 72 appearances for the Viola, and has five Azzurri caps to his name.