Boris Ignatiev: Genoa will have to fight for survival, Miranchuk would be better off staying at Atalanta

– The Italian media write that Miranchuk is close to moving to Genoa. How do you like this option to continue Alexei’s career?
– Only he can say how acceptable this option is for him. We want Miranchuk to play, we are worried about him. In the last matches, Alexey feels more confident, the team accepts him, he starts the last matches. I would like experienced guys playing in good teams to play in our team. I would very much like him to stay in the Italian championship. But the main thing is that Alexey plays there, and not just stays. And Genoa will be fighting for survival, so it would be more correct if Miranchuk stayed at Atalanta and won his place in the club. This team shows entertaining football.

– The sports director of Atalanta confirmed that there are proposals for Alexei, including from other Italian clubs. They wrote about the interest of Verona, Torino and Sampdoria. It turns out that Alexey is quoted in Italy.
– He needs time. I watch matches with his participation, and everything shows that he adapts after the Russian championship, where everything is strictly divided: one group attacks, the other must take away. And there everything is divided into game components: everyone is attacking, everyone is defending, as modern football dictates. Miranchuk is still looking for himself, and, from the point of view of psychological confidence, everything is not easy for him. Alexey is not one of those people who will be the first to take a spoon at someone else’s table. He will wait to be told to do so. But he has a positive trend, and now I like Miranchuk as a football player more than in that part of the championship, when he was just getting acquainted with Italian football and its principles.

– Are there any fears that Genoa coach Andriy Shevchenko will leave the team in the near future, and a new coach will come who did not invite Miranchuk?
– Need to think. It is not so easy. In general, I thought that he did not fit the Italian championship. There is a lot of struggle, passion. But such a championship as French, or Portuguese, where there is more freedom, manifestations of skill than the number of martial arts, would suit him more. But he is looking for himself and should stay in the Italian championship. He needs to play at a club where he can go on the field on a regular basis, strengthening himself in the team and continuing to develop as a player.

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