Chelsea have not made a bid for highly-rated playmaker Stevan Jovetic, according to Fiorentina’s recently appointed sporting director Daniele Prade.
The 22-year-old Montenegro international is contracted to the Viola until 2016, although Juventus, Inter Milan, Napoli and Manchester City are also keen on the player according to reports in Italy.
With 14 goals in 27 appearances last season, Jovetic was the shining light for his side in a disappointing season for the Tuscan outfit, and understandably Fiorentina want to keep hold of the player.
“Now we must wait for him to speak. I have not even been able to meet him yet. For the moment he is our player and one for the future. We want to build a team around him,” Prade told Radio Uno.
“There have been no official offers from anybody and I know the people down at the London club (Chelsea) well after spending last year in England. Now I am thinking about building a team and focusing just on Jovetic is unwise.”
Owner Andrea Della Valle has previously issued a hands-off warning on the club’s official website, stressing that the player is not on the market despite interest from across Europe.
However, the player is yet to meet new Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella, and their first meeting could be key to Jovetic’s potential long-term future at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Jovetic signed for the club from Partizan Belgrade back in 2008, and has shone both domestically and in Europe during his four-years with Fiorentina.