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Fiorentina: ‘Vlahovic has to decide’

Fiorentina director Joe Barone has asked Dusan Vlahovic to ‘speak publicly’ about his intentions for the future. The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer and will not be signing an extension.

Arsenal have made a bidfor the Serbian international but a transfer in January is looking unlikely. Despite the rumours, Barone insists that they’re yet to receive an offer and are asking the player to state his intentions:

There is talk about Dusan Vlahovic every day now. We just want to talk about the squad. We’ve already said so much about him, we expect a response from him and his entourage on what the future holds,” Barone told Sport Mediaset.

We have our plans and we are activating those immediately.

I can only talk about what we discussed. Obviously, when last time Rocco Commisso was here, the figures were almost doubled, we couldn’t talk about it.

I had a long conversation with Dusan the other day and I told him we need to understand his path. If he wants to stay at Fiorentina, then sign the contract. If he wants to leave, then say so publicly.

He can’t string an entire club, city and fanbase along waiting for him. From what I heard, he is not prepared to speak out, so we have to make our decision within the club.

We’ll see. We are here playing a big game, a competition Fiorentina care about because it gives us the opportunity to win a trophy and to qualify for Europe. We need to talk about the game and not just Vlahovic, as that is disrespectful to the rest of the squad and the club.

Could Vlahovic be sold mid-season? Of course, we are ready to evaluate anything that arrives. So far, no offers have arrived.”