Former Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini has announced that he will be joining Hellas Verona on a free transfer.
The striker was recently released from AC Milan after his contract came to an end. Milan showed no interest in renewing his deal.Pazzini has been studying a variety of options over the last few months, but it is understood that the prospect of joining Verona has appealed him due to the first-team opportunities. Even though Hellas Verona already have a top striker in the form of Luca Toni,Pazzini believes that he will be a first choice regular at the club.
After being at Milan for the last three years,Pazzini made only 86 appearances in all competitions. His best time in football came at Fiorentina where he spent five years making 134 appearances. Regular first-team football appears to be the crucial aspect in helpingPazzini rediscover his form. Still just 31 years old, Verona will be hoping to get the best out of the striker for several years to come. SigningPazzini is also crucial for Verona given the Toni is coming to the end of his career. The 38-year-old still continues to be a force to reckon with in the Verona team.
“Today begins a new professional challenge, I’m really happy and excited. I can’t wait to start the season with an ambitious team that really believed in me. I thank the president and all the Hellas Verona fans for this great opportunity, I will do my best to repay your confidence. Passion, history, tradition … I know what the club values.Finally, I thank everyone at AC Milan for the last three seasons and above all Milan fans, who have always supported me and always shown great affection. Hugs to all!” said Pazzini on his Facebook account thanking Milan.