Italian winger Simone Verdi says he feels at home in Bologna after reportedly rejecting an offer to join Serie A leaders Napoli in January.

Verdi rejected Napoli to stay with Genoa

Verdi rejected Napoli to stay with Genoa

Italian winger Simone Verdi says he feels at home in Bologna after reportedly rejecting an offer to join Serie A leaders Napoli in January.

The AC Milan youth product, 25, has six goals from 22 appearances in his second season with Bologna, and didn't want to leave the club mid-season despite the possibility of picking up the Scudetto in Naples.

'Seriously, I didn't say no to Napoli,' Verdi told Corriere della Sera. 'I said yes to my journey with Bologna. I couldn't leave in January after all the confidence they gave me when I'd come in after being relegated with Carpi.

'It all became much bigger than it should have been. I had to hear so many falsehoods, bad things even about my family and my girlfriend, that she interfered in my choice. Then I was wrong too…

'I should have intervened immediately to explain things and calm the waters. Instead my privacy, which I consider a virtue, made the situation worse.

'Maybe I sent the wrong message, but let me be clear: the problem was not Napoli, I never said yes and then changed my mind.

'[Napoli boss Maurizio] Sarri called me, it was a friendly call and he understood, with a lot of serenity and sensitivity. Fortunately money isn't a priority, I can decide based on passion alone.

'Napoli's offer could have changed my career, I'm well aware of that. But after playing for six teams at the age of 25 I've found my home for the first time here. I feel like I have a project I have to see through to June.'


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