Fiorentina bet on Gilardino's renaissance

Italy's World Cup striker Alberto Gilardino has left AC Milan to join Fiorentina. The Florentine club will play the third preliminary round of the Champions League next season after securing Serie A's coveted fourth place, just above Milan.


Out-of-favour AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino has signed for Fiorentina, the two Serie A clubs said on Wednesday.


The 25-year-old endured a frustrating season where he was often behind Filippo Inzaghi and Alexandre Pato in the pecking order at the San Siro.


He managed just seven league goals and missed out on a place in Italy's Euro 2008 squad despite helping the Azzurri win the World Cup two years ago.


Both clubs announced the deal on their Web sites ( and but no fee or length of contract was given.


Milan have made clear they want to bring in at least one striker in the close season, with Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko on their list of targets alongside Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o.


Gilardino would have faced extra competition next term so has decided to move on, ironically to the team that beat Milan to the final Champions League qualifying place in Serie A this season.


The former Parma forward, who has spent three years at Milan, almost quit the club in the last close season.

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