Football: Ravanelli fancies Fiorentina move
Saturday 24 April 1999
The Italian international, currently with Marseilles but being linked with a move to Fiorentina, won the European Cup with Juventus in 1996 only weeks before being sold to Middlesbrough for pounds 7m. He scored 31 goals in his short stay the Teesside club - but it now appears that he has never forgiven the great Turin club for selling him.
"Fiorentina's interest really makes me happy," he said. "We'll have to see what happens, but joining them would enable me to take my revenge on those who sent me away in the first place."
Juventus and Fiorentina fans are traditionally deadly rivals and some in Florence would not welcome the arrival of a former Juve player. But the striker said: "If I were to make it to Florence one day I want everyone there to know that I'm someone who gives everything they have for the team's colours, whoever that might be."
In Spain, Real Madrid moved swiftly yesterday to slap down rumours of the imminent departure of Roberto Carlos. The Brazilian wing-back has been widely tipped to leave Real at the end of the season as part of a massive rebuilding programme at the club.
The Real president Lorenzo Sanz, who said this week the player had a buy-out clause of around pounds 70m in his contract, insisted he is not for sale. "Roberto Carlos is a Real Madrid player and we have no intention of selling him." Sanz said. "He is not available for transfer. There's nothing more to say."
His former club in Italy, Internazionale, have reportedly been leading the chase for the Brazilian, while Milan and Juventus have also been interested. His agent has insisted that the buy-out clause is in fact only around pounds 8m, which would be a more affordable fee.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Are you turning into your dad? The top ten signs you've embraced dad-ism revealed as survey says 38 is age men turn into their father
- 2 Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...
£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...