Thiago Motta explains the secret of his disagreement with Marko Arnautovic in Bologna

May 18, 2023 20:04Last updated:May 18, 2023 20:27

The coach of the Italian club Bologna, Thiago Motta, asked his club management to disregard the extension of the contract of the Austrian international striker Marco Arnautovic, and to allow him to leave for free during the summer Mercato 2023, after his contract expired next month.

More than one dispute arose between Thiago Motta and Marco Arnautovic this season, which resulted in the 34-year-old leaving the squad for 15 games during the second half of the current season.

Marko Arnautovic played with Bologna from January 4 to May 14 only 5 matches in the Italian league competitions, without scoring any goal.

Thiago Mota explained his position that the former West Ham United and Southampton player was not well enough from a technical point of view to play the first roles with the team, and when he regained his level, he decided to start him against Rome in the last round early this week.

And before facing Cremonese in the 36th round of Serie A at the beginning of next week, Thiago Motta said in statements reported by the Italian website Sempir Milan, “I have already chosen the squad with which we will play the match next Saturday, you will see everything on Saturday.”

“Marco is like everyone else, he is chosen to play when he is well and if he can benefit the team. You’ve talked a lot about him this season and he’s been put in other teams, while we’re thinking about Cremonese”.

When asked about the personal problems between him and the player, the former Barcelona and Inter player replied, “We do not have any personal problems. His departure from the squad is just technical options, and this is what I see on the field, and they are choices in favor of Bologna.”

“If offers come to Marko Arnautovic in the summer, from teams targeting or playing in Europe, I think they would be suitable for a 34-year-old, and it would be right for him to have a great opportunity to play for that. In any case, if he performs The player did well and was useful to the team, so he will play this period.”

The Bologna club is presenting at distinguished levels this season with Thiago Motta, as it ranks 11th with 47 points, only two points behind the eighth place occupied by Fiorentina, but it lost the opportunity to qualify for the European Conference League competition, as it is currently separated by 11 points from the seventh place it occupies. Atlanta club 3 rounds before closing.