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Vlahovic will always be grateful to Fiorentina, says Allegri

According to Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, Dusan Vlahovic will always be grateful to Fiorentina and calm ahead of his first return to Florence.

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

Vlahovic had previously turned down the offer of a new contract with Fiorentina, forcing the club’s hand somewhat as he had just 18 months to run on his existing deal.

After reportedly rejecting proposals from Premier League sides, Vlahovic instead opted for Serie A rivals Juventus.

In recent years Fiorentina has also lost Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa.

Vlahovic’s club choice did not go down well with Fiorentina’s devoted supporters.

The forward’s home is reported to have been under surveillance in the days leading up to the transfer, while some fans took to the streets to protest.

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

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Ahead of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final first leg, Fiorentina released a statement asking their fans to avoid derogatory and racist chants aimed towards the striker.

Allegri did not confirm whether Vlahovic would start against his former side.

But he expects the 22-year-old to perform well regardless of his reception.

Allegri said at Tuesday’s pre-match news conference:

“I believe in the intelligence and culture of the Florentine fans.

“Vlahovic will always be grateful to everyone in Florence, society and the environment.

“As they raised him and allowed him to arrive at Juventus.

“He is calm. It’s normal. He’s a 22-year-old boy who returns to an environment where he grew up and was allowed to go to Juventus.

“It is normal there is emotion. It will still be a particular match for him.

“But it is serene, so he must remain calm. Otherwise, he would never play against Fiorentina again.

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“The boy needs to take steps to mature.”

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