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Giuseppe Rossi agrees Levante loan from Fiorentina for rest of season

Giuseppe Rossi is set to join La Liga side Levante on loan from Fiorentina for the rest of the 2015-16 season.

Former Manchester United, Villarreal and Parma attacker Rossi, 28, is to make the move to the Spanish strugglers in a latest bid to try to get back on track a career which has been marked by a number of serious knee injuries.

The news was confirmed in an official statement released by the Valencia-based club, which said the deal was subject to a medical to be carried out upon Rossi's arrival in Spain.

"Levante UD and ACF Fiorentina have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Giuseppe Rossi until the end of the season, subject to him successfully coming through a medical examination" the statement said. "The player is set to arrive in Valencia this afternoon."

Rossi has scored twice in four Europa League games for Fiorentina so far this season, while failing to find the net in any of his 11 Serie A appearances. He has played a total of 41 games for La Viola since joining in January 2013, while suffering two serious cruciate knee injuries over that time.

The New Jersey-born player's previous spell in La Liga saw him score 82 goals in 192 appearances for Villarreal, who he joined in 2007 from Man United for a reported €10 million fee.

His time at Villarreal also saw him suffer two serious cruciate knee injuries, which both also required long recovery spells on the sidelines.

Rossi has seven goals in 30 caps for Italy, and was named in the provisional squads for both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups without making the final cut either time.

Rossi posted a message on his Facebook page on Friday saying he hopes the Fiorentina fans will understand his decision to leave.

"I'm the first to be disappointed because I owe a debt to the Fiorentina fans," Rossi said. "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 chances of getting a regular game in Florence were further reduced with the Italian club signing signing Mauro Zarate from West Ham United on Thursday.

Levante are currently bottom of the La Liga table, having scored just 17 goals in their 20 games to date.

ESPN FC's Italy correspondent Ben Gladwell contributed to this report.


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