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Udinese coach Marino denies snubbing Candreva

Udinese boss Pasquale Marino has defended his decision to allow Antonio Candreva to play on-loan at Livorno.

The Italy U21 midfielder has been outstanding this season and attracted interest from Chelsea and West Ham United.

Marino said: "I don't have eyesight problems. Many imprecise things have been said as always happens when a team is in crisis.

"This summer he was on the point of return. The first year, when he arrived from Ternana, he was a second striker and we played with a 3-4-3 so there wasn't the chance to use him. To say from this that I did not see the player… I did not expect an exploit of this nature, but we had faith in him, otherwise we would have sold him outright.

"I know that when thing aren't going well we make dilemmas. You create skirmishes that we don't need. You go and interview a trainer who you think ought to be my replacement. I know Candreva. He is a good lad. I would never have said that I didn't want him."

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