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Fiorentina Rename Training Ground After Davide Astori

Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni has announced plans to rename the club’s training ground after Davide Astori.

Centre back Astori, who was Fiorentina’s captain, died in his sleep earlier this month at the age of 31 following a cardiac arrest.

The club retired his No 13 shirt and will now train at Centro Sportivo Davide Astori, but Cognigni has promised even more initiatives to honour the ex-skipper.

“The past week has been particularly difficult and I want to thank everyone for their shows of affection and understanding we received during this painful period,” Executive President Mario Cognini told Mediaset Premium.

“There was a sense of unity created within the world of sport by all who shared Davide’s values and had the good fortune to know him.

“We want to dedicate our current training centre to Astori, because it was his home. He even spent his time off there with his family.

“It will no longer be called Campini, but rather Centro Sportivo Davide Astori. This is just the first initiative we are taking to ensure we can feel this special person close to us every day and we are discussing the best ways to do that with his family and the local council.”

Astori, who was laid to rest at a funeral attended by thousands of football supporters, joined Fiorentina from Roma in 2015, initially on loan.

He played 91 Serie A games for the Viola, having spent much of his earlier career at Cagliari after coming through AC Milan’s junior ranks.

Cognigni broke the news of Fiorentina renaming their training ground on Sunday before the team won 2-1 away at Torino.