Joaquín takes Málaga leave for Fiorentina

"I have been wanting to play in Italy for a while," said former Spain winger Joaquín after joining ACF Fiorentina on a three-year deal, moving from Málaga CF for an undisclosed fee.

Joaquín (Málaga CF)
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ACF Fiorentina have signed former Spanish international Joaquín from Málaga CF for an undisclosed fee.

The clubs reached an agreement on Wednesday and 24 hours later the winger penned a three-year contract to become the Viola's second summer acquisition after forward Olexandr Yakovenko.

The 31-year-old – a Copa del Rey winner with both Real Betis Balompié and Valencia CF during his career – had an impressive season with a Málaga side that reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, scoring eight goals in 45 games in all competitions.

"I have chosen Fiorentina because I like their vision and their football philosophy," Joaquín, who earned the last of his 51 Spain caps in November 2007, explained. "I have been wanting to play in Italy for a while – it will be a great experience. At Fiorentina I already know Borja Valero and Giuseppe Rossi who are both great players."

Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina will enter the UEFA Europa League play-offs after finishing fourth in Serie A in 2012/13.