Rui Costa denies Viola return
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Portuguese playmaker Rui Costa has denied that he was close to a return to Fiorentina in the summer, as widely reported in the Italian press.
Milan face Rui Costa's former paymasters at the weekend, with the talented schemer admitting he still has admiration for Fiorentina.
However, despite his admission, Rui Costa insists that he was never close to a return.
''I'm not involved in the speeches that have been made this summer,'' said Rui Costa.
''Former Fiorentina coach Emiliano Mondonico had a dream and I've thanked him for the kind words - but nothing else.
''Neither Milan or Fiorentina or me have ever thought of a transfer.
''I still have a lot of respect for the Viola jersey but these three years in Milan have been wonderful.''