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Italian World Cup midfielder Angelo Di Livio has demonstrated loyalty beyond the call of duty by agreeing a new two-year deal with the newly-formed Fiorentina club.

The veteran midfielder who was involved in Italy’s World Cup campaign in South Korea and Japan, becomes the only survivor from the previous Fiorentina squad to sign up for Fiorentina 1926, who will play next season in Serie C2.

The side were relegated due to bankruptcy and were compelled to release their entire squad on free transfers.

“It has not been a difficult decision,” explained the 36-year-old Di Livio. “In life, there are values that are more important than money.

“I had accepted a reduction in salary. This is a challenge that is not based on money.

“I know Pietro (Vierchowod, the new coach), and we have played together.

“I do not have a need for him to say something to me. I know perfectly well what he wants from me.

“This city has shown me much affection, and I have decided to repay this by remaining in Florence.”

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