MAURIZIO SARRI admits Aaron Ramsey has “struggled” since joining Juventus.
The Serie A champs bagged a bargain when they snapped up the Welshman for nothing, but the former Arsenal star has endured an injury-hit start to life in Turin.
On Thursday he played his 20th game of the season for the Old Lady in a 1-1 Coppa Italia draw at AC Milan.
Ramsey started the game and lasted just over an hour before he was replaced.
Ahead of the game, Sarri said: “He is growing, both as a condition and a belief.
“It was not easy for him to adapt, coming from the Premier League and from a bad injury.”
Arsenal were widely criticised for letting the 29-year-old leave but they were unwilling to match the eye-watering £400,000 a week Ramsey was offered for a move to Italy.
Ramsey was brought to the club by Max Allegri, who wanted to play him as an attacking midfielder, but the new boss has found it hard to get the best out of Ramsey in his infamous ‘Sarri-ball’ system.
And the same can be said of Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic, who has netted just three times.
Many of Ramsey’s appearances have been off the bench, after battling three separate injuries this season.
And he has totalled just 840 minutes on the pitch, scoring twice since he joined on July 1.
But the Gunners could face competition from Manchester United where the Welsh international would fit in perfectly, according to Tony Cascarino.
Earlier this month the former Cardiff man treated his wife Colleen to a fancy wine tasting experience at a picturesque vineyard for her birthday.