GOMES WILL NOT BE FORCED OUT OF FLORENCE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Portuguese star saw Tomas Repka offloaded to West Ham United last week against his will to bring in much needed funds and he revealed he will not follow the same route as the Czech star.
Fiorentina are trying to stave off bankrupcy and they have been forced to sell their top stars to raise some funds. The 25-year-old ace has failed to establish himself at the Artemio Franchi since his move from Benfica last summer and he has been linked with a move away from The Viola for some months now.
Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Liverpool and Manchester United were all said to be interested in signing the forward.
Lazio have also reportedly joined the chase for Gomes and are willing to offer new signing Darko Kovacevic in a swap deal.
Liverpool boss Gerard Houlllier had revealed he would be interested in signing the striker with Gomes claiming he would be keen on a move to Anfield, but now he is insisting that he could stay at Fiorentina.
"I hear continually my name associated with teams, without being informed by the Fiorentina staff and I want to stay here," said Gomes.
"I want my situation to be clarified and if I am to play well I have to have tranquilty.
"If I am continually linked with a move away it is also will also ruin my relationship with the supporters.
"If the club decide to sell me the move will have to agree with my future will not be decided by someone else like Repka."