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By ESPN Staff

Bari on the brink of signing Celtic midfielder Donati

Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati is poised to return to Italy after Bari announced they are on the brink of signing him.

Bari said on their official website that Celtic have accepted their offer, and that the deal will be completed on Friday, with Donati signing a four-year contract.

Donati struggled to settle down in the Celtic team under previous boss Gordon Strachan but has reclaimed his place recently following the appointment of Tony Mowbray as manager.

The 28-year-old was a £3m recruit by the Hoops two years ago and terms of his return to Serie A with last season's Serie B champions have not been revealed.

Donati's final act in a Celtic shirt will arguably go down as his best, after his stunning volley gave Mowbray's side a consolation goal in their 5-1 aggregate defeat to Arsenal in the European play-offs.

He later admitted Celtic were simply not good enough to earn a place in the group stages.

''We tried to play the ball around but Arsenal were just too good for us,'' said Donati. ''We lost because Arsenal are one of the best in the world, in the last few years they have made the quarters, semis and final of the competition so we knew it would be hard.

''We tried our best but it wasn't good enough and they were better than us. Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world but now all we can do is concentrate on the league and the Europa League as well.''

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