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Fiorentina announce Joaquin signing

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Modified 14 Jun 2013, 15:27 IST
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Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez.

Italian club Fiorentina have announced the signing of Spanish international winger Joaquin Rodriguez from La Liga side Malaga.

Joaquin, 31, has signed a three-year deal that will keep him with the club until June 30, 2016.

“I’m very happy to have signed here,” said Joaquin in a club statement.

Fiorentina, coached by Vincenzo Montella, finished fourth in Italy’s Serie A last season and have qualified for next season’s Europa League.

Joaquin began his professional career at Real Betis in 2000 before moving to Valencia for what was then a club record fee of 25 million euros in 2006.

He twice helped the club qualify for the Champions League and also played in the Europa League with Valencia in 2009-2010.

Joaquin joined Malaga for four million euros in 2011. Last season he scored his side’s only goal in a 1-0 home win over AC Milan in the Champions League.

Malaga went on to top their group but were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual, beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund.

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Published 14 Jun 2013, 15:27 IST
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