Eriksson plans raid on Juventus for two Italy internationals

There are 2 comments on the Guardian Unlimited story from Jul 25, 2007, titled Eriksson plans raid on Juventus for two Italy internationals. In it, Guardian Unlimited reports that:

“With his words he has caused damage within the group”

Manchester City are attempting to sign the Juventus left-back Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Manuele Blasi, both Italy internationals, a move that could prove successful after the coach Claudio Ranieri ... via Guardian Unlimited

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gil gillespie

Bath, UK

#1 Jul 28, 2007
I find Ranieri's attitude towards Chiellini, in particular, quite perplexing. If its true that the Italian under-21 captain has said something to upset the Juve camp, surely Ranieri should be capable, as a manager, of managing the situation, taking Chiellini to one side, having a quiet word or whatever. Instead he seems to be willing to ship one of Juve and Italy's most promising defensive talents to England where he will, presumably, spend the next few seasons repeatedly heading the ball out of his own penalty area until he no longer has the neccessary qualities needed for a return to Italy. If the move happens, Ranieri will be the first coach to push a major Italian talent in his early 20's away from the watchful eye of his homeland. Guiseppe Rossi, Arturo Lupoli and the other Italian starlets in the Premiership were stolen before their 18th birthday. Chiellini is about to be betrayed by a coach who clearly doesnt know any better.
ryan

Katonah, NY

#2 Aug 16, 2007
did he get them

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