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Borja Valero would like to retire with Fiorentina

Amid speculation that AC Milan wants Borja Valero, the Spanish midfielder denies any contact with other clubs, adding that he hopes to finish his career in Firenze, where his family has settled in.

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In recent weeks there has been rumors that both Roma and Milan are interested in Fiorentina's iconic midfielder Borja Valero, with talk of the latter's interest picking up since the appointment of Vincenzo Montella as coach of an increasingly new look Milan side.

We have previously discussed that it is unlikely that Borja leaves, but the player himself in an interview has now deniedany talks while committing his future to Firenze.

"Like every other year, it's nice to hear that people are interested in me. But I have a contract with Fiorentina and I'm happy here.

"It's hard to explain what I feel inside, what I've always felt. I came to Fiorentina almost by chance, after a tough demotion.

"People loved me from the very beginning, and this strengthened the bond I have with them. I told them I'd be happy to retire in Florence, because Florence gave me so much.

"My family is extremely happy here, my wife is friends with very many Florentines and that's more important for me than anything.

While Borja might be on the decline, he was still an excellent playmaker last season and has embraced the club in a way that makes him hard to fairly value him - at this point he's more than a player for la Viola, and although it's hard to guarantee loyalty (not even Antognoni finished his career for Fiorentina), especially these days, if there is anyone I can see remaining a part of the club, it's Borja.

To further emphasize the relationship between the Valero family and Fiorentina, take a look at Borja's new tattoo dedicated to his two children here. The cartoon of his son Alvaro features a football and a distinct purple shirt, emphasizing the passion Alvaro has for a certain club.

In other news, Borja also used the interview to express his hope that Giuseppe Rossi stays with Fiorentina.