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Agent of Mirko Vucinic explains Arsenal snub

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic rejected the chance to move to Arsenal, and his desire to prove himself at Juventus is behind it.

24 hours ago it appeared Mirko Vucinic was all set for Arsenal, all he had to do was give the green light to the loan deal.

Yet on Thursday afternoon, news filtered through from Italy that the Montenegro captain had rejected the chance to switch to the Gunners.

With just four Serie A starts under his belt this season, it perhaps seems like an odd decision, and the player has since been explaining himself via his agent.

Tuttosport report Vucinic's representative Alessandro Lucci's quotes: "Mirko, though flattered by the involvement of prestigious clubs such as Arsenal and Valencia, decided to stay at Juventus and decline the offer received in the last hour.

"The player believes can still give his contribution to Juventus, and the team with which he has never had any kind of problem, to achieve many important goals by the end of the season.

"Vucinic has never asked to be transferred and then will recover soon (to be) available to his coach with the greatest intensity, of course he can still win with Juventus and rejoice with his fans."

There's one potential twist however, and that's that the player was by all accounts very happy to leave Juventus to join Inter Milan a week or so ago, with the deal cancelled by the clubs rather than at the player's behest.

In fact Tuttosport allege their own sources tell them if Inter were to return for the forward, Vucinic would still be open to a move.

Perhaps that tells us he simply doesn't want to leave Italy, or that Arsenal didn't try hard enough to persuade him. After all, if Arsene Wenger could persuade Mesut Ozil to join permanently, surely he could talk Vucinic into joining on loan if he really wanted to?

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