Aquilani is Montolivo's replacement, claims Fiorentina chief

Aquilani is Montolivo's replacement
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Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle is confident Alberto Aquilani will fill the space left by Riccardo Montolivo.

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle is confident that summer signing Alberto Aquilani will fill the space left by the departure of Riccardo Montolivo.

Midfielder Aquilani joined the Italian club from Liverpool this week along with playmaker Borja Valero and defender Gonzalo Rodriguez from Villarreal.

Fiorentina fans had protested against the club's apparent lack of ambition earlier this summer when they let Montolivo leave for AC Milan on a free transfer, and Della Valle is now happy to have pleased them.

"That was the phone call I had been waiting for on Aquilani," he said at the Viola's pre-season training camp in Moena. "With him we can forget about Montolivo.

"You know we want to get back to where Florence belongs, not forgetting everything we said to the fans. They deserve respect and I will keep my promise."

Fiorentina will begin their Serie A season against Udinese in the weekend of August 25-26.

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