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Fiorentina manager nears contract extension

Montella took Fiorentina to fourth spot last season (©GettyImages)
Montella took Fiorentina to fourth spot last season (©GettyImages).

Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella is set to sign new a contract which will see him extend his stay with the Italian club until 2017.

Montella, a former Roma and Fulham player, led his side to a fourth place finish last season, and the club are close to extending his contract by three years.

Co-owner Andrea Della Valle said: "Montella will stay with us for many years. We have found an agreement for his contract extension.

"Good luck to him and to everyone."

During his playing career, Montella was a regular for club and country, scoring 192 league goals in the process.

Montella then had spells managing former club Roma and Catania, before joining up with the Florence based side in 2012.

Over the course of last season, he put an impressive run of results together in Serie A and has established himself as an extremely promising young manager.

The Italian confirmed news of his new contract while speaking at the club's squad unveiling, he said: "It was only a formality. We agreed about everything.

"We have to put aside what we have done last season. This year there are other expectations, other things."

Fiorentina kick-off their Serie A campaign when they take on Catania on Monday.

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