Rossi aiming to help Levante stay up

Giuseppe Rossi

Italy international Giuseppe Rossi is aiming to help Levante avoid relegation after joining the Spanish outfit on loan from Fiorentina on Friday.

The 28-year-old has seen his career stall of late following a series of long-term knee problems, making just four starts and further seven appearances from the bench in Serie A this season.

"I'm the first to be disappointed because I owe a debt to the Fiorentina fans," Rossi said in a message posted on his Facebook page.

"I gave my all in everything I've done because I wanted to continue to give them emotions on the pitch.

"Football is my life and if you take that away from me I can never be happy. I hope that the Fiorentina fans can understand me because I want to smile again.

"I can never forget the goosebumps you gave me on Sundays. I'll always keep the Viola in my heart."

Rossi's departure follows hot on the heels of Fiorentina's acquisition of striker Mauro Zarate from West Ham United on Thursday.

During a two-year spell at Fiorentina, Rossi racked up 41 appearances in all competitions and found the back of the net 19 times.

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