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Allegri addresses Pjanic return talk & reveals new role for Ramsey

Miralem Pjanic, Aaron Ramsey
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The Juventus manager has opened up about rumors linking Miralem Pjanic with a return to Turin and a potential new role for Aaron Ramsey.

Massimiliano Allegri has cooled talk of Miralem Pjanic rejoining Juventus this summer and instead backed Aaron Ramsey to become ‘an important player’.

Ramsey impressed as a holding midfielder in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Monza, sparking hope of an unlikely career revival in Turin under returning manager Allegri for the new season.

The 30-year-old has struggled to make his mark since a free transfer from Arsenal in 2019. He’s only made 65 appearances at Juventus amid persistent fitness issues and started just 13 times in Serie A last season. His struggles have prompted talk of a return to the Premier League.

But in light of Ramsey’s most recent outing, Allegri has suggested the Welshman may still have a future in Italy and that there may be no need to re-sign Pjanic from Barcelona.

“I don’t know about that. The club takes care of the transfer market, we talk every day,” he told Sport Mediaset on Pjanic returning to the club.

“Ramsey played very, very well in front of the defense and I think in that role he can really become an important player.

“I salute Mire because we spent four years together with great victories. He is a Barcelona player now, we have talented players, and I think if Ramsey can be convinced to play in front of the defense, he can really do well there.

“He already can see passing channels, has a good sense of the geometry of the field, and can also rest on the ball more than he does upfront.”

Juventus return to action next Sunday on August 8 for a friendly against Barcelona at Camp Nou.