Fiorentina: Maleh ‘impressed’ by Vlahovic

Fiorentina midfielder Youssef Maleh is ‘impressed’ by Dusan Vlahovic and is trying to learn from Giacomo Bonaventura.

The 22-year-old has returned to the Artemio Franchi after a six-month spell at Venezia and was unveiled as a new Fiorentina player today.

“I want to thank Fiorentina for this opportunity, and I’ll do my best to repay the club,” the 22-year-old said.

“I don’t have a specific idol, I try to learn and take something from every midfielder and improve under every aspect. There’s a lot I need to improve on. I grew up in Italy, am fully Italian even if my parents are Moroccan.

“I have played in many different positions, as requested by the coach, to learn, since I’m young. Dionisi and Zanetti have helped me develop. My favourite position, though, is that of mezzala.

“Now I’m learning from coach Italiano, and I’m lucky because currently the system is 4-3-3, but I wouldn’t have a problem in other positions either.

“Having the fans here is great, they are giving us their passion,” he continued.

“My aim, as always, is to improve every day, to give my all and I am learning from the other midfielders, like Giacomo Bonaventura and the others. I am impressed by Vlahovic’s hunger – he never stops, despite the great season he had.

“There is great enthusiasm here, we’re learning from the coach and day by day we’ll take it to the pitch.”