â€śSuch a big offer only came from Juve,â€ť said the president. â€śI understand what that club means to Fiorentina fans, but I couldnâ€™t hold the player back with a pay rise. We could not say no to Juve.
â€śThe money from Meloâ€™s sale will be reinvested as soon as [director of sport Pantaleo] Corvino finds the right option.â€ť
Viola supporters are furious that one of their favourites has been sold to their rivals, but Della Valle insists theyâ€™ve earned the right to make these decisions.
â€śWe deserve credit for what we have done in the last few years. I canâ€™t stand reading these banners and graffiti. In tough economic times, the real foundation of a club is its President, not its players.
â€śWe will continue to invest and Corvino did well to sell Melo for that price, as when he arrived here a year ago nobody knew who he was. Let us all calm down and believe in this Fiorentina.
â€śIf the fans donâ€™t want us in charge, then they should start a petition, otherwise we will continue along our path.â€ť