Fiorentina chief Andrea Della Valle stands down

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Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has left his position at the Serie A club, having come under fire for his stewardship in recent times.

Della Valle remains in place as a co-owner of the club, having explained his decision to step down as president in an open letter to La Viola’s fans.

He stated: “I have taken the decision to take a step back.

“For several months I have felt that there is no longer the necessary sharing in our project that, with consistency and professionalism, I have tried to bring forward in the years I have been president.

“We have all come a long way from Serie C2 and I believe that we should be proud - we have provided a team at the top of the domestic and European game.

“The future must be one that has an even better run club, one which has, or can generate, the necessary resources to finance themselves and, at the same time, keep to important sporting objectives.

“In order to realise this dream, what is needed most, apart from financial backing, is the mutual trust and belief that the objectives can be achieved and the patience and perseverance necessary to achieve them.”

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has pledged his future to Internazionale, despite suffering a slow start to the new season.

The 25-year-old has made just two starts for the Nerazzurri this term, but Muntari insists that he is full focused on the job in hand at the San Siro.

He said: “I am an Inter player and I do not wish to leave this club.

“I am not under pressure, actually I am really calm because there are many of us and we all need to accept Jose Mourinho’s decisions.

“It’s not possible to play in every game, so all I think about is training to become a much better player.”