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Basanta seized Europe chance with Fiorentina

26 August 2014 14:31

Jose Maria Basanta has revealed that he moved to Fiorentina because he felt it represented his last chance to play in Europe.

The Argentina international centre-back completed his switch to the Serie A outfit from Mexican side Monterrey at the beginning of August.

Having opted to switch to Stadio Artemio Franchi, Basanta is now targeting a top-four berth and a possible challenge for the title.

"I had this great opportunity at this particular moment of my career," Basanta said at a news conference.

"It was probably the last opportunity to go to Europe. It was a decision taken with my family.

"Italian football is one of the best in the world and Fiorentina are a great club that wants to grow more and more.

"The objective is to finish in the top four in the standings and who knows, maybe even win a Scudetto."

Basanta made over 200 appearances for Monterrey and played twice at the World Cup as Argentina made the final in Brazil.

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8 20 +8 33
9 21 +7 30
10 20 -5 26

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