In a recent interview with Kicker magazine, Mario Gomez admitted that Real Madrid had shown interest in him and he could have moved to the Spanish capital this summer but chose not to.
"It's true that Carlo Ancelotti wanted me to sign for Madrid. I was flattered because my family is full of Real Madrid fans. I thanked Carlo for his interest but made it clear to my agent that i wanted to join Fiorentina"
This is the 2nd time that the 28 year old center forward has rejected a move to Real Madrid. The first one coming in the summer of 2011 according to his grandfather, who came out and broke the news back in 2012 before the Champion's League semi-final between Madrid & Bayern Munich. The German international made it clear that he wanted to start regular games and not just sit on the bench and come on as a substitute as it would likely be at Madrid where he would have to play as backup for Karim Benzema. The striker made it clear that winning titles isn't everything. He wants to start each and every game.
'I want to keep giving everything and not just play half the games on a top team and win a lot of titles. I want to play Sunday, Wednesday and Sunday again.'
Gomez had recently fallen down the pecking order with the arrival of new coach Pep Guardiola and though it was best to move elsewhere. When Fiorentina came along with their offer and told Mario about their plans, he couldn't resist. He moved to Florence for a reported 20 million euros.
"After holding talks with Fiorentina about their plans for the future, I knew that joining the Italian side was the best choice."
The prolific German was an immense part of last seasons treble winning Bayern Munich side and has made a total of 172 appearances for the Bavarians scoring a total of 112 goals. He has also been capped by the National side 59 times and found the back of the net on 25 occasions.