Jakob Friis-Hansen, a scout for Fiorentina, has revealed the Serie A club had wanted to sign Nicklas Bendtner on loan from Arsenal, but the Danish striker chose a move to Juventus instead.

Bendtner is on loan in Turin for the entire season and, so far, has made only one appearance as a substitute for the Italian champions.

The 24-year-old, however, did have the opportunity to move slightly lower down the Serie A ladder by joining Fiorentina from Arsenal for the same duration, and is likely to have been afforded more playing time at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

This decision irritated Friis-Hansen, who believes Bendtner's career would have benefited with a move to Florence.

"He chose unfortunately for us - but also for himself, it now appears - to weigh the Champions League at Juventus higher than the chance of real playing time," he told jv.dk.

"But it's playing time he needs, we cannot keep calling him a talent when he is in his mid twenties."

Bendtner's long-term future is likely to be away from Arsenal, regardless of whether he is a success with Juventus or not, with Arsene Wenger having lost patience with the Dane.

He spent last season on loan with Sunderland but failed to impress at the Stadium of Light - scoring only eight goals during his time at the Stadium of Light.

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