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Oddo sorry Serie A lost Man Utd star Fernandes

Italy World Cup winner Massimo Oddo says it's disappointing Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes wasn't appreciated in Italy.

Fernandes played for Novara, Sampdoria and Udinese before leaving for Sporting CP.

“It happens, it's not just the fault of coaches or scouts. One can understand the talent, not predict the future," said Oddo.

“I played with Alberto Gilardino at Verona and I'd have never gambled a penny on him. Genoa could have signed Robert Lewandowski but were not convinced.

“Italian clubs didn't entirely believe in Fernandes, that's true, but he even returned to Portugal and then something changed. Environment, language, style of football, who knows…

“He is a versatile talent, he can play as a Mezzala, but I also see him in front of defence. A bit like Rodrigo De Paul, who played as an attacking midfielder when I was in charge of Udinese," he continued.

“Now he plays in central midfield, even if I've seen him struggle with Argentina in that position."



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