Football

Published: Sunday January 19, 2014 MYT 12:37:02 AM
Updated: Sunday January 19, 2014 MYT 12:37:03 AM

Anderson completes Fiorentina loan move

ROME (Reuters) - Brazilian winger Anderson wants to help Fiorentina qualify for next season's Champions League after he completed his loan move from Manchester United.

"I was happy at Manchester for seven or eight years, it was a big club for me... but now it's a new challenge and the time to change," the 25-year-old told Fiorentina's Viola Channel website on Saturday.

"Fiorentina only missed out on Champions League qualification by two points last season, so this year I want to help them get into the Champions League."

The winger joins former Juventus and AC Milan striker Alessandro Matri among Fiorentina's new faces as the club look to reinforce their attack with forwards Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez out with knee injuries.

Fiorentina, who have not been in the Champions League since the 2009-2010 season, are fourth in Serie A. They are five points behind Napoli, who are in the third Champions League spot, and 15 points behind leaders Juventus.

Coach Vincenzo Montella said Matri could make his Fiorentina debut in Sunday's Serie A trip to Catania (1400 GMT).

"Matri is a player who knows how to play in our league with a great sense of sacrifice. There's a good chance that he will play at Catania," said Montella.

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