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Grillitsch explains failed move to Italy

By Henrik Petersen

Florian Grillitsch claims his proposed switch to Italy didn't happen because 'Hoffenheim's demands were too high'

Florian Grillitsch.
Florian Grillitsch.Photo: TSG Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch was touted for a move to Italy during the summer transfer window, but a deal never materialized.

According to Grillitsch, the stumbling block was the price Hoffenheim demanded for him.

"There were some interested parties from Italy, and there were concrete negotiations," said the 26-year-old after Austria's 2-0 win over Moldova on Wednesday.

"But Hoffenheim's demands were too high in the end, that's why it didn't work out," added Grillitsch, who is out of contract next summer.

"It's like this now, I can't change it. Now I'll stay at Hoffenheim for another year, I'll fulfill my contract and I think I'll make the next step in the summer."

Refusing to play to try to force through a move was never an option for the midfielder.

"I didn't want go on strike, I'm not the type for that."

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