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Fiorentina looking to end Marko Marin loan?

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After a couple years spent inventing air-borne hamstring strains, saving things in Kokiri Forest, and looking for a bride, Marko Marin looked to have turned a corner last season, on loan with Sevilla, especially once the calendar year turned over to 2014.  He played a key role in the Andalusian side winning their fourth European trophy and reached 30 appearances for the first time in three seasons.  While his Chelsea career was effectively over before it could ever even start, there was hope that he could build on his success in Spain at his next loan or permanent destination, which turned out to be Fiorentina.

Alas, things have not worked out well at all in fair Firenze.

You don't need Google Translate to pick up on "ritorno."  So, according to Sky's Baiocchini, Fiorentina will return Marin to Chelsea, whereafter the Blues will send the German Messi to some other team.

That Fiorentina want to cut short the loan isn't too surprising -- after another round of injuries and plenty of mystery whereabouts, Marin has made just 4 appearances all season, all in the Europa League -- though we should mention that just a couple weeks ago, manager Vincenzo Montella intimated that Marin could still have an important role to play in the second half of the season.  I guess he must've changed his mind.