Giuseppe Rossi joins Celta Vigo on season-long loan

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by JACK HAZZARD

New Jersey native Giuseppe Rossi has left Italian side Fiorentina in favor of a return to Spain.

As first reported by Football Italia, Rossi is on the move to Celta Vigo, pending a physical. The club made the news official late Saturday afternoon. The report suggests Rossi’s loan deal comes with an option to prolong his stay for another year, which would extend his contract with Celta Vigo through the 2017-18 season.

Rossi, 29, scored six goals in 17 appearances on loan to Levante last season. He scored 16 goals in 33 appearances for Fiorentina, but had his greatest success with Villarreal, scoring 54 goals in 136 appearances.

Throughout the summer, there were hints that Rossi was planning on a move back to the States. That proved to be false, but there is hope for the future. If Celta Vigo declines the extension to sign Rossi for an extra year, Major League Soccer clubs may have a chance to sign the Italian International on a free next season. Currently, the 29-year-old’s contract with Fiorentina lasts until June 30th, 2017, which is a little less than a year away.

 

  • OpenCupFan

    Guess he wasn’t ready to retire (join #bushLEAGUEmls) after all.

    • slowleftarm

      Nah, he’ll just wait until he’s 40 then join Cosmos. Oh wait – they’ll be out of business by then.