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Football: Stam in Italy call for Giggs.

JAAP STAM last night urged Ryan Giggs to turn his back on Sir Alex Ferguson this summer for a new life in Italy.

The Wales winger has been repeatedly linked with a pounds 15 million move to Inter Milan after a disappointing season for United, and Stam believes his former Old Trafford team-mate would be an instant hit in Serie A.

The Dutch defender, who was dramatically sold to Lazio by Ferguson after the publication of his controversial autobiography in 2001, insists Giggs would have no problems adapting to the Italian style of football.

Stam said: "There has been a great deal of speculation recently in both Italy and England about my old team-mate Ryan Giggs joining Inter Milan in the summer.

"Of course, I have no idea whether there is any truth in the rumours or not but I do know Ryan and I do know Italian football and it is a story that has got many people talking in both countries.

"I have no doubt Ryan would be a huge success in Serie A. Italian football is tactically a different challenge to the Premiership, but world-class players can perform anywhere and Ryan is definitely a world-class player.

"I am sure he would adapt to the game here quickly and be as big a star in Italy as he is in England."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Mar 9, 2003
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