Ramsey urged to avoid Bale mistake and join Juve

first_imgAaron Ramsey has been urged to avoid making the same mistakes Gareth Bale did when joining Real Madrid, with John Toshack looking for a fellow Welshman to embrace life in Italy alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.A move to the Serie A champions is seemingly edging closer for the Arsenal midfielder, with Goal revealing that he has a lucrative offer on the table from the Bianconeri.He is set to become a free agent this summer, as his contract at Emirates Stadium runs down, and various landing spots have been mooted since an extension offer from the Gunners was withdrawn and the exit door swung open. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Juve are expected to get their man and a fellow countryman believes a switch to Turin would be a wise move for the 28-year-old, if he immerses himself in a different culture away from British shores.Former Wales and Real Madrid boss Toshack told Gazzetta dello Sport: “He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck.“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned. It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character.“He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and ready to explode.“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira.“They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.”Aaron Ramsey Arsenal JuventusToshack added: “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad.“I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid.“He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.”While backing Ramsey to make a move to Italy, Toshack concedes that a player he handed an international debut to in 2008 still has much to learn.He said: “He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet. For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club.“That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet. That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward.“In modern football you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”last_img read more

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Its not IPL so pressure to perform will be different for Russell

first_imgManchester: They have the license to thrill in cash-rich T20 leagues but the likes of Andre Russell will feel “situational pressure” in their World Cup game against India, feels leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. West Indies are all but out of semi-final contention having lost four out of their six games and Russell’s hamstring issues have compounded their problems further. Chahal, who has had a good World Cup so far with seven wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 5.45, will be ready to ask questions along with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, who has given less than five runs per over. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “We would obviously have a plan. He (Russell) is a hard-hitter but we have bowled to him enough,” Chahal replied when asked about the possible gameplan for Russell and the other big-hitters in their line-up. The wiry leg-spinner, who is ready with his bag of tricks for the June 27 battle, is certain that the Caribbean batsmen will be under severe pressure as they are desperate for a win. “Playing for your country is very different from playing IPL. The pressure to win games is as much on them as it is on us. Look they are desperate to win. They are also trying to get some form back. So the conditions will be different and so will be the situation,” Chahal had a word of caution for the opposition. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game. However with all his pyrotechnics, the Jamaican marauder may come to the crease when the Windies might be four out for next to nothing and he would need to play as per situation, reckoned Chahal. “If Russell comes in after four have got out, then he would also be conscious that he would like to play himself in. So we would also be changing our tactics as per game situation,” he said. The Afghanistan game has been like a reassurance for the bowling unit that they can deliver even when the margins are lesser due to a low total. “This was one occasion when we scored below 230 (224). There would be some negative points that would come up and also a few positive points. When you win these types of games, you are confident that even scores less than 250 can be defended,” he said. For Chahal, the big positive in a not so impressive batting performance was Kedar Jadhav’s half-century at a time when the pitch was difficult for batting. “In the first innings, the positive was the manner in which Kedar batted when the pitch was offering turn. At the onset, we had thought of a score of around 270 but they bowled so well, then we readjusted the target in our minds. We were confident even 30 runs less would have done the job,” he sounded assured. The idea was to test themselves while defending a low total as skipper Virat Kohli had also mentioned. The primary aim for him and Kuldeep Yadav was to bowl as many dot balls as possible during the middle overs. “From the start, the intent was to keep up the pressure and bowl more dot balls, so that during the final overs, their asking rate should be 6 or 6.5, which at least bring the bowlers back in the game. “If it’s an asking rate of 4 or 5 per over, and the field is open and the ball is a bit old, it won’t swing. The aim was to increase the dot ball percentage in the first 25 overs. Sometimes you can’t even defend 350 and sometimes, you can defend even 250. It’s all about mindset,” he concluded.last_img read more

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