Viola won't part with Jovetic

Striker not for sale, as Ranieri eyes managerial post

Stevan Jovetic: Continues to be linked with a big-money move to Chelsea

Claudio Ranieri: Claims to have a number of options to consider

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Fiorentina plan to build a team around Stevan Jovetic and have no intention of selling him to the likes of Chelsea, who continue to be linked with a move.

Reports in Italy suggest the Blues have been chasing the 22-year-old striker for some time, with an initial approach made in January.

No agreement was reached during the winter transfer window and Fiorentina insist their stance regarding the Montenegrin has not changed.

They are aware that speculation will continue to link Jovetic with big-money moves, especially to the Premier League, but are adamant that the highly-rated youngster is not for sale.

"We want to build our future around Jovetic," Fiorentina administrator Sandro Mencucci told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Contract

"He has a contract until June 2016.

"Being a great player, it's normal that several clubs are monitoring him."

Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri has announced that he is interested in the vacant managerial post at Fiorentina.

He claims he has numerous options to explore, including approaches from England, but admits he would be willing to discuss a deal with Viola owners Andrea and Diego Della Valle.

Ranieri told Radioblu: "I have other requests, from England and elsewhere. I have meetings with other teams but I also want to hear Fiorentina's plans.

"I have not met Andrea Della Valle yet. I have only had talks with Viola officials and I have told them that if there is an interest in me, I want to speak with the Della Valle brothers."