United 'false illusions' anger director after Italian signing

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Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has hit back at Manchester United after they signed Pierluigi Gollini.

The Italian U17 international has accepted an offer to join the academy at Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of Michele Fornasier, who joined the Red Devils youth setup from the Viola back in 2009.

The move has angered Corvino, who has been quick to make a statement criticising Manchester United for bringing the player to England.

"Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has taken into consideration the comments made by player Pierluigi Gollini and is surprised by his decision," said the statement.

"He takes the opportunity to thank players (Niccolo) Fazzi, (Saverio) Madrigali, (Leonardo) Capezzi, (Federico) Bernardeschi and (Luca) Lezzerini, who have decided to remain with the Viola club, not being lured by false illusions of English sirens in recent days.


"Of the 150 players that have decided to go abroad, no-one has been able to earn a place in the first team."

The keeper is the second addition in the position in days after Manchester United confirmed the signing of David de Gea yesterday.

Whilst the Spanish stopper is set to instantly take the reigns as the new No.1 at Old Trafford, Gollini has been signed as one for the future at Manchester United, and is likely to feature in Paul McGuinness' U18 side next term.

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