Pochettino backing for Ramirez

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed the club's record signing Gaston Ramirez to make a big impact next season.

Last Updated: 29/04/13 at 11:37 Post Comment

Gaston Ramirez: No price-tag issue

Gaston Ramirez: No price-tag issue

The Saints paid Bologna £12million for the Uruguayan forward, who after a bright start has failed to make a massive impact in the second half of the season.

But Pochettino insists that the price-tag was never an issue, and it was more about getting used to a new country.

Pochettino said: "The first season for any player is tough.

"I want to think it is just him struggling to adapt to a new country and language. I'm sure it has nothing to do with his price."

The Argentine boss is hopeful that Ramirez will not get more than a three-match ban for red card he picked up against West Brom at the weekend.

He added: "I hope it's not because that's our season over."

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