Anderson: Why I chose 88 and my love for Italian food

Manchester United loanee Anderson has been talking about his adaptation to life in Fiorentina.

Fiorentina are the club hoping to help Anderson revitalise his career, loaning the Manchester United midfielder until the end of the season.

Under-utilised by new manager David Moyes, the Brazilian midfielder showed early signs of his talent by creating two chances during a 14-minute cameo on his debut.

The former Porto man has been talking about his new start to life in Florence, and explained why he chose the shirt number 88 at his new club:

He told Tuttomercato: "It's my year of birth. At Manchester I had 8. I've just added another."

He also carries the name 'Andow' on the back of his shirt rather than Anderson, "I ​​chose this because in England everyone called me that."

The midfielder certainly sounds like he is settling in however, adding: ""It's a great town, wonderful, although I have not yet had the opportunity to see the city.

"I love it, slowly I taste the typical dishes of Italian, but I must say that the food in your country is very good."

For a player who battled with his weight at times during his United career, he will have to be careful not to over-indulge, and he appears focused.

"I have suffered a serious injury in the past, but I recovered and I'm fine now . I just need to play. I do not prefer any position on the field . I will adapt to the position where the coach wants me to deploy.

"I come from a big club, but I'm here to convince. I would stay long. Fiorentina have great ambition and a great project. I want to win in Florence, where they have had many important players like Edmundo and Batistuta."

There are few United fans who would not want to see him succeed. After all he was a player with undeniable talent, but badly timed injuries and fitness troubles held him back - and he did not appear to be part of David Moyes' plans, nor in Sir Alex Ferguson's during his final year.

Once hailed as the big star of Brazilian football, he has some way to go to earn a recall to the Selecao, but Fiorentina are giving him a platform - and if it works out - a permanent switch in the summer is surely likely.


image: © Gordon Flood

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