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Donadel swaps Fiorentina for Napoli

Published: Thursday 23 June 2011, 21.09CET
Marco Donadel cited the "historic and atmospheric" Stadio San Paolo as one of the major draws of joining SSC Napoli, after moving from ACF Fiorentina on a free transfer.
Donadel swaps Fiorentina for Napoli
Marco Donadel celebrates after scoring his only Serie A goal of the 2010/11 season against AS Bari ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 23 June 2011, 21.09CET

Donadel swaps Fiorentina for Napoli

Marco Donadel cited the "historic and atmospheric" Stadio San Paolo as one of the major draws of joining SSC Napoli, after moving from ACF Fiorentina on a free transfer.

UEFA Champions League contenders SSC Napoli have signed midfielder Marco Donadel on a free transfer from ACF Fiorentina.

The 28-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Partenopei after failing to reach an agreement to extend his expiring contract with the Viola. Donadel has been drafted in as a replacement for Michele Pazienza, who left Walter Mazzari's side for Juventus earlier this month - also on a free transfer. "I am really looking forward to playing in such a historic and atmospheric stadium as the Stadio San Paolo," said the versatile player after penning his contract.

A hard-working midfielder, Donadel made his Serie A debut with AC Milan before stints at US Lecce, Parma FC, UC Sampdoria preceded a move to Fiorentina in 2005. Donadel, who appeared in 29 league matches last season, was also a UEFA Under-21 European Championship winner with Italy in 2004 and bronze medalist at the Olympics later the same year.

Napoli will play in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage after finishing third last season.

Last updated: 24/06/11 10.29CET

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