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Caceres is impressed by Fiorentina’s young starlets

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Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres left Lazio in the summer to become a free agent and then returned to the Serie A to play for Fiorentina.

32-year-old Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres has been playing professionally since 2006.

And during the 2019 Copa America, he decided to leave Lazio to become a free agent.

Now, he has joined Fiorentina, and he’s amazed at how well the team’s youngsters play.

“At the age of 32, some thought I’d want to retire or just go and earn money. If it weren’t for (Viola director of sport Daniele) Pradè, perhaps I would’ve chosen a different destination,” Caceres told Football Italia.

“I feel good and still want to enjoy my football, but I also have a lot to prove. It’s a magnificent city and a great atmosphere with so many changes. I spent much of my career at Juventus, but hope to remain for a long time here in Florence too.”

The Uruguayan added: “Having the likes of Boateng and Ribery showing so much enthusiasm in training is the best thing, as at the age of 36 he just won’t hold back in a single session. It’s so valuable for the younger players to see that.”

“I’ve been really surprised by the talent of Federico Chiesa, Riccardo Sottil and Gaetano Castrovilli. I was impressed and they have the quality to do well both for Fiorentina and Italy.”

“Chiesa is humble and a good lad. There’s been so much talk about him, but the important thing is that he keeps his head firmly on his shoulders for as long as he’s here,” he concluded.