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OFFICIAL: Andrea Poli to Bologna

For free?

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Italian midfielder Andrea Poli has officially signed for Bologna, signing a four-year contract that keeps him at the club till 2021.

The 27-year-old was sidelined for a majority of last season by coach Vincenzo Montella which led to his eventual departure. Having only played the full 90 minutes once in 13 appearances all through the 16/17 season, there was little bargaining power in the hands of the Rossoneri, which explains why the midfielder was allowed to leave for free. In all fairness, it does leave a spot in the squad open for someone who will garner more minutes.

Speaking to the Bologna’s official Youtube channel, this is what the midfielder had to say:

It’s an ambitious club with great potential.

I am very happy, because the club and President wanted me and I have to thank them. I really wanted Bologna too.

It was an objective to come here, as it’s an ambitious club with great potential and I can’t wait to start this new adventure.

The fans are great, there is a lot of potential in the squad and many young players here. The supporters are passionate, as I realised every time I came to the Stadio Dall’Ara to play against Bologna, where it’s always tough.

The city needs enthusiasm, as Bologna deserve a season at a strong level. I have already played with Daniele Gastaldello at Sampdoria, Mattia Destro at Milan, Antonio Mirante when I was young at Samp, Angelo Da Costa and a few others.

I watched Bologna this season, as I always had a strong feeling with the side. I’m happy to be here and can’t wait to get started.

Best of luck for your future, Poli.