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banner Saturday, 30 June, 2001, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Fiorentina duo reject Parma move
Manuel Rui Costa (centre)
Rui Costa (c) would prefer a move to AC Milan
Manuel Rui Costa and Francesco Toldo have reacted angrily to Firorentina's decision to sell them to Parma.

The cash-strapped club have sold the pair to Parma for 39m in a bid to clear their massive debts.

But neither Rui Costa or Toldo want to move to the Serie A side, preferring to go to AC Milan and Barcelona respectively.


I'm very unhappy... my move to Barcelona was finalised, and now I discover that I've been sold twice
  Francesco Toldo
"I am not a piece of meat," Rui Costa told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "I decide where I will go. I have the right to choose the right option for me and my family.

"Parma's was the most solid offer but it is by no means the only one."

Italy international Toldo added: "I thank Parma for their interest. But for me and my career, I think I need to take a different route.

"I had accepted the transfer to Barcelona without any problems because it could have been an important next step in my career."

"In all honesty, I'm very unhappy. My move to Barcelona was finalised, and now I discover that I've been sold twice."

If Toldo maintains his promise not to move to Parma then the buying club will probably have to hang on to their goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon, Italy's first-choice keeper ahead of Toldo, had been expected to move to Juventus.

Fiorentina are threatened with bankruptcy and are under pressure to raise cash quickly.

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