Verdi eventually made the switch earlier this summer.
"I'll be tied to the Bologna fans forever, I had a journey to finish," Verdi told Corriere della Sera.
“Donadoni told me: 'you're stupid not to go there'. But I decided along with my fiancée to postpone it.
“I'm here and that's all that counts, I was in constant contact with sporting director [Cristiano] Giuntoli from January to June."