Cutrone: "I said yes to Fiorentina straight away"

Cutrone: "I said yes to Fiorentina straight away"

16/01/2020 15:59

Patrick Cutrone revealed he didn’t think twice about accepting a move to Fiorentina as he appeared at his official unveiling on Thursday afternoon – hours after scoring his first Viola goal in the 2-1 cup win over Atalanta.

“I wanted a new challenge and the opportunity to show that I can do well,” said Cutrone. “As soon I heard talk of Fiorentina I said yes straight away. I’m delighted with my decision. There’s a great team here and this is a big club – I want to do well here.”

It took Cutrone just 13 minutes to score his maiden Fiorentina goal on his first start for the club – but the striker insisted his only secret is hard work and focus.

“Nothing is easy in football or in life,” he said. “I’ve always focused on training at 100% and making sure I’m ready. It was a wonderful feeling to score on my first start and I hope to produce more of the same.”

Cutrone also reflected on his time in the Premier League with Wolves this season.

“It was a fantastic experience and I matured a lot as a player and as a person,” he said. “Despite the fact that I didn’t play much, I learned a lot – in training too. Many people don’t realise this but you can learn a great deal through training in terms of your instincts. I got to know the language and a new culture – it was a good experience.

“I want to improve across the board – in the areas where I’m stronger and in those where I’m weaker. I know I can get better in many areas, so I’ll give everything I have to progress.”

The new Viola No.63 – the shirt number chosen as a nod to the year of his father’s birth – went on to look ahead to Saturday’s visit to Napoli, where he will cross paths with former coach Gennaro Gattuso.

“Like in every game, we need to give 100% and try to get the three points,” said Cutrone. “We know it’s going to be a tough game at a difficult stadium, but I think we have a good side and if we play as a team we can do it. As I’ve said many times, I’m thankful to Gattuso for the faith he showed in me at AC Milan. He made his decisions and I have to respect them. I thank him – as I do all the coaches I’ve had – because I developed as a player and a person.”

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