Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trap warns McGeady over perils of move to Moscow

Neil Ahern

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has warned Aiden McGeady about moving to Russia as the winger considers a move to Spartak Moscow, saying he would like to speak to the Celtic man before he makes any decisions.

McGeady visited the Russian capital as Spartak attempt to snap up the 24-year-old in a deal reported to be worth around £9m.

A decision is expected before the weekend, but Trapattoni has urged McGeady to tread carefully.

"I am happy for him for this opportunity, but I wish to speak with him and clarify his position and speak with him about my experience," said Trapattoni.

"I think Russia is too far and the championship is not easy. I wish to ask him if he is ready psychologically, because McGeady is a very sensitive man and he is very young."

When asked if he believed McGeady would be better off staying in Scotland, Trapattoni replied: "Yes, Scotland or England or even another European team.

"For example, Bayern Munich and other teams have asked me about him and I think now I will not say 'don't go' but I would like him to say 'I have decided to go'. If he's convinced, okay. But I have seen it in Portugal, where players go far away and they get homesick."

Conversely, Trapattoni welcomed news that Cillian Sheridan is close to a move to Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia.

"For him it is a great opportunity. Maybe he will become physically stronger and also mentally."

The Italian insisted any move to Eastern Europe, be it McGeady or Sheridan, would not affect their opportunities in his Ireland squad.

"We will follow them -- it won't affect their place in the team," he assured the pair.

"For example many years ago I had (Liam) Brady (at Juventus) -- he played in another country.

"It's missing a little bit of experience, I have been saying since I have come to Ireland; we make some naive mistakes. It's missing only a bit of international experience."

Irish Independent

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