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Bologna chief Di Vaio: It was Arnautovic who rejected Man Utd

Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic rejected Manchester United last summer.

According to Bologna's director of football, Marco Di Vaio, Arnautovic turnd down a return to the Premier League - rather than United pulling the plug after a fans backlash.

The striker turned United down as he "understood that he is at the centre" of Bologna's project.

Arnautovic was also hailed as a "true champion" by Di Vaio.

In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Di Vaio said: "No, no.

"Manchester United did not back down because of those fans, but only because Arnautovic has understood that he is at the centre of our project now and in the coming years.

"Marko behaved like a true champion, realising what he represents for Bologna as a team and a city."

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