Ranieri signs new five-year contract with Fiorentina

Ranieri signs new five-year contract with Fiorentina

27/11/2019 17:19

Luca Ranieri has signed a new five-year contract with Fiorentina after an impressive start to his first season with the Viola first team.

“I want to thank the sporting director and everyone at the club for the faith they’ve shown in me,” he said, speaking at a press conference to announce the news on Wednesday. “This is a great feeling. I guess I can say that I’m now part of the senior squad, but there is still a long way to go and I still have a lot of work to do. I’m 20 years old so I have my whole career ahead of me: I need to relax, learn from the older players and try to improve every day.”

Ranieri spoke about his progress over the past few months, crediting two of Fiorentina’s senior defenders for guiding him through his maiden Serie A campaign.

“I think I’m better prepared tactically and physically – I’m working hard in the gym and with the fitness coaches,” he said. “I’ve been observing two of the older players: the captain, German [Pezzella], and Martin [Caceres]. They’re both top players so it’s great to watch them. They tell me to ensure I’m always alert and that I’m fully focused, because for defenders it’s about making as few mistakes as possible in each game.”

Despite spending last season on loan at Foggia, Ranieri insisted that he never considered leaving his boyhood club.

“I’ve never felt that I would end up leaving Fiorentina,” he said. “I’ve been here since I was 14 and it was here that I started playing for the Italy youth teams. Last year I went to gain experience in Serie B after I’d finished with the Primavera team, but I came back in the summer and was given the backing of the coach, the sporting director and the club. Now I’m ready to try and take my chance with the team.”

Asked what advice he would give any current academy players looking to make the step up, Ranieri spoke glowingly about his spell in Serie B but stressed that the process is different for each player.

“Everyone finds their own path, but my year in Serie B was really useful,” he said. “It allowed me to develop, to earn my stripes and compete against older players. It helped me personally but perhaps other players are ready to step up to the first team straight away.”

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