Thursday, 9 October 2008

Ranieri: Liverpool's Alonso Too Slow For Juve

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri has claimed that the reasons behind the Serie A giants not signing Spanish International Xabi Alonso from Liverpool during the summer, were not because of the Reds asking price, but that the midfielder was too slow.

Former Chelsea boss Ranieri hels talks with the EURO 2008 winner about a proposed switch from Anfield to La Vecchia Signora, with it widely expected the Spaniard would leave Merseyside for Juve.

However, the move failed to materialise and Alonso remains in the Premier League with Liverpool, with Ranieri now deciding to reveal the reason for not signing the 26-year-old.

"He was a player we wanted,” Ranieri said.

“But he is a player, who even though he is an extraordinary man and a great professional, left me perplexed by the slowness of his movement in midfield.

“In the midfield of Rafa Benitez's Liverpool, where all of them are little soldiers, he finds himself in a fantastic position. But in our midfield, he would have found it hard to support the midfield line seeing as (Juve wingers) Mauro Camoranesi and Pavel Nedved are not players that come back to give support like Liverpool's wingers.”

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