Former Italy and Bayern Munich manager, Giovanni Trapattoni has tipped countryman Ciro Immobile to banish his homesickness and save Borussia Dortmund from Bundesliga relegation.
The 24-year-old Italian striker joined the Bundesliga struggler's from Serie A side Torino last summer for £17m, but has struggled to live up to expectations.
Despite scoring eight goals in 20 appearances for BVB in every competition this season it is understood that Dortmund’s fall from grace, coupled with failing to adjust to life in Germany, has left Immobile keen on a move away from the Westfalen.
Indeed, with Jϋrgen Klopp’s side second from bottom and facing an embarrassing exit from the German top flight after losing ten of their last 17 league games, coupled with the fact that they are in need of professionals used to playing in relegation scraps, the clubs’ hierarchy are reported to be mulling over a sale for the Italy international.
Whilst both Juventus and AC Milan are understood to be weighing up a move for Immobile during the January transfer window Trapattoni, who managed Bayern for two spells in the 1990’s, insists that Dortmund should ignore any approaches and keep hold of the striker.
The 75-year-old, who also managed the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus and the Republic of Ireland, believes that like any other foreign import applying their trade abroad Immobile just needs to be given time to adjust to his new surroundings.
The fiery Italiantold German newspaper Bild: “I see things differently. Both the likes of (David) Beckham and (Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge need time to adjust themselves to playing in a new land and league.”
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I have a dream
Despite ironically being known for his lack of patience in Trapattoni feels that if Immobile was given the time and motivation to find the same explosive form which set tongues wagging at Torino last season, he could single-handedly catapult the Black and Yellows up the Bundesliga table.
Trapattoni went on to say: “I am completely convinced. Ciro has all the capabilities and strengths to score some every important goals for Borussia Dortmund. I am convinced that he will explode onto the scene as soon as the second-half of the season commences.”
Dortmund desperate for improvement
Although the 2013 Champions League finalists are firmly lodged in the Bundesliga relegation zone, the former AC Milan manager feels that Borussia must also keep patience with under-fire coach, Klopp if they are to change the tide when the second-half of the season starts on January 31st.
The highly decorated manager ended by saying: “Jϋrgen is a super trainer, who knows what he needs to do in order to change things. I believe that we will see a different BVB over the next few months, but the club have to give him the time and patience.”