Friday, 24th February, 2012

Bologna president Albano Guaraldi has admitted that Uruguayan schemer Gaston Ramirez will be free to leave the club in the summer if that is what he wants.

While there is no suggestion that Ramirez is pushing to exit the Rossoblu, he has been strongly linked with English giants Liverpool and Serie A title challengers Juventus throughout the entire season so far.

Indeed, such were the levels of interest in the 21-year-old, Bologna even moved to sign the player to a new contract, increasing his salary substantially, but importantly further protecting their investment and ensuring that if Ramirez left, top dollar would be received.

The Uruguay star has continued to perform well for the Rossoblu and bids are fully expected to arrive for his services in the summer.

And whether Ramirez stays or goes is largely a decision that he alone will have to make, according to Bologna’s president.

"It depends more on Ramirez than us, you know the agreement we have with him", said Guaraldi.

"If he receives an offer at the end of the championship, then we’ll let him go."

The Rossoblu supremo also admitted that last month there were bids made for the Uruguayan, but they were rejected and the fact that the 21-year-old did not agitate for a move was much appreciated.

"In January, we had proposals, but we didn’t consider them and neither he, nor his agent, spoke out about it.

"We understand his desires and expectations and even if things are as they are at the moment it’s impossible to say no to big clubs that are the dream of all players."

Ramirez is under contract with Bologna until 2016.

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