The American-born Italy international joined the Viola in January from Villarreal in a deal worth €10 million, a calculated risk as he’d suffered consecutive devastating knee injuries and hadn’t appeared in a competitive fixture since October 2011.
His final phase of rehabilitation was spent under contract in Tuscany, successfully staging his return after 19 months on the treatment table in the final Serie A match of last season opposite Pescara.
Doubted by some for his ability to rediscover the form that saw him hit 80 goals across all competitions for the Yellow Submarine after such serious injury woes, Rossi has silenced any detractors by netting 13 times in 16 games to top the scoring charts in the Italian top flight.
Yet of course, such prolific exploits haven’t gone unnoticed around Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur have consistently been linked with a move for the 26-year-old’s signature in January as a solution to their ills up front, with Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal from the bench having thrown the White Hart Lane into further turmoil ahead of the new year.
A winter switch to north London was always fantasy considering Rossi only just signed with Fiorentina, has a €35 million release clause in his four-year deal and owes a great debt to his current employers for showing him faith at a trying point in his young career. Indeed, this is not even to mention his having played his way back into the Italy squad and needing to maintain a high level ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
And even if the former Manchester United man’s positivity at the Stadio Artemio Franchi wasn’t truly in question, representative Andrea Pastorello has affirmed the striker’s happiness with the Viola.
“I knew that Florence would be perfect for Giuseppe and indeed it has been,” he told Onda Blu.
“He is well and talks of nothing but the great environment; I’d like to take this opportunity to thank [director of sport Daniele] Prade and the club for their confidence."
Pastorello added that Rossi’s physical condition continues to improve and cited the impending recovery of Mario Gomez as crucial to furthering the forward’s potency.
“Pepito’s knee is okay and his fitness continues to improve,” he continued.
“He’s doing well now, but in a role that is not entirely natural for him: the return of Mario Gomez will be important for both Giuseppe and Fiorentina.”
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