Vlahovic will always be grateful to Fiorentina, says Allegri

According to Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus head coach, Dusan Vlahovic will always be grateful for Fiorentina. He is calm before his first return to Florence.

The Serbia international joined Juve for an initial €70million free in January, bringing an end to a three-and-a-half-year stay at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Vlahovic had turned down an offer to Fiorentina of a new deal, forcing the club to accept his current contract which had only 18 months remaining.

Vlahovic reportedly rejected offers from Premier League sides Arsenal Tottenham and Newcastle United, but opted instead for Serie A rivals Juventus.

Vlahovic’s choice for club was also rejected by Fiorentina supporters, who have lost Federico Bernardeschi to Juve and Federico Chiesa both to Juve in recent times.

According to reports, the forward’s home was under surveillance during the days leading to the transfer. Meanwhile, some supporters marched to protest.

And in an open letter published in January, Fiorentina fans labelled Serie A top scorer Vlahovic “a coward”Join Juve

Fiorentina issued a statement in advance of Wednesday’s Coppa Italy semi-final first leg. It asked their fans to refrain from using derogatory or racist chants towards the striker.

Allegri did not confirm that Vlahovic would be playing against his former team but he expects Vlahovic, 22 years old, to perform well, regardless of what reception he receives.

“I believe in the intelligence and culture of the Florentine fans,”Allegri made these remarks at Tuesday’s prematch press conference. 

“Vlahovic will always be thankful to everyone in Florence, society, and the environment, for raising him and allowing him to arrive at Juventus. 

“He is calm. It’s normal. He’s a 22 year-old boy who has returned to the environment where he grew and was given the opportunity to go to Juventus. 

It is normal that there is emotion. It will still be a match, but it is a special match. He must keep calm, or he will never play again against Fiorentina.

“There are steps to be taken for the boy to mature.”

Vlahovic matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s high mark of the past 60 years in scoring 33 Serie A goals in a single calendar year when doing so in 2021.

He has carried that form to Turin, his four goals being at least three more then any Juve team-mate since February 6th against Verona.

Vlahovic’s debut goal was the fastest in Champions League history, scoring his goal just 32 seconds into the 1-1 draw with Villarreal in the last-16 first-leg.

If he scores again in midweek Vlahovic will become the third player from Europe’s top five leagues, after Dodi Lukebakio and Gaetan Labourde (Montpellier), to score for any team in all competitions.

Allegri is pleased by the Serbia international’s immediate impact but acknowledges there are areas for improvement. Juve has won just one of their last four games.

“We need to improve something else,”He said. “We have conceded very avoidable goals, and it means that after scoring and everything seems to be done, we relax a bit. 

“In the last few games, we slept on goals, so we need to reactivate our attention, because when we lose fear, we become dangerous; not perceiving danger becomes a problem. 

“We could have conceded goals but not in those situations. From now until the end of the season, conceding few goals means reaching the top four.”

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