"I had won my battle at Lazio," insisted Sereni as he took aim at Lazio president Claudio Lotito. "I had become a first team player, leaving someone as great as Angelo Peruzzi behind me. Then Lotito got involved.
"The President didn't like the fact my wages were higher than anyone else's and proposed that I halve them. I would have remained in Rome for the fans, but not for Lotito, who didn't appreciate me. So I preferred a change of scenery."
As he prepares to kickoff his Torino career, Sereni added: "I was off the field of play for almost two years, but perhaps people do not realise I always trained, as much as and in some cases more than my teammates.
"Now all I am missing is the posts so I can shake a little of the rust off. I have this crazy desire to prove who I am to the sceptics. I understand that not having seen me for a while, they might think I stopped existing, but that is not the case.
"I have immense motivation to get back to the goalkeeper I was and never stopped being."