Southampton have suspended their record signing for two weeks following an incident with Jose Fonte.
Daniel Osvaldo arrived at Southampton in the summer for £15 million from Roma. Questions are now being asked about whether he is worth that value. Not due to his performances, but due to his temperament.
The Saints confirmed today that he has been suspended by the club for two weeks following an altercation with teammate Jose Fonte at the club's Staplewood training ground. No more details have been revealed about the incident but the club have obviously deemed it very serious for them to hand such a suspension to one of their key players. Jose Fonte has not received any known punishment so it seems as far as we know that it was all down to Osvaldo.
Despite only arriving six months ago, Osvaldo has already been linked with a return to Serie A. Inter Milan reportedly had a bid to take him on loan rejected last week and Fiorentina have also been rumoured to be interested. Osvaldo is very highly regarded in Italy and Inter were hoping to take advantage of the Nicola Cortese situation.
Osvaldo had already received a three match ban from the FA for his part in a fracas on the touchline in a game with Newcastle United. He was also fined £40,000 for his part in this incident. Safe to say Osvaldo is quite a fiery character.
It doesn't seem as if he has settled at St Mary's and I'm sure he is well aware of the links with Inter Milan and Fiorentina. The fight with Jose Fonte shows that he is obviously not a happy, calm person at the moment and perhaps he is ready for a move back to Italy. Even if he wasn't before the incident he will certainly be thinking about it now following a huge fallout with his teammate.
However this isn't the first time Osvaldo has been in a fight with one of his teammates. When playing for Roma he punched Erik Lamela during a 2-0 defeat to Udinese. In 2009 he also floored Bologna teammate Nicola Mingazzini in training. It is now up to Mauricio Pochettino to try and manage Osvaldo's high tempered personality to the best of his abilities.
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