"This is the end of a 2008 of highs and lows," Bianchi declared to Tuttomercatoweb. "I have had a few too many physical problems but I know that I can give more and 2009 will be my year.
"Novellino has shown me a lot of faith. I am calmer and in a better position to give my all.
"He has also solidified our defence and given us a decent injection of grit.
"De Biasi was a good person and he knew how to keep us calm, but we lacked a ruthless side and Novellino inspires that."