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Name Ian Rush
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The prolific Welsh striker’s two years at Juventus are remembered for a controversial quote that Rush denies ever saying


Club as Player Liverpool FC
1982 11
Ian Rush scores as Liverpool beat Everton 5-0 at Goodison Park

2019 01 10 Retrieve

[He remembers the Old Lady as ‘the right club at the wrong time’] I couldn’t settle in Italy, it was like living in a foreign country

[Speaking in 2016] I didn’t actually say Italy was ‘like living in a foreign country’. No one has ever seen a direct quote from me saying that. I’m blaming Kenny Dalglish. When he re-signed me, a reporter asked me, ‘Why have you come back?’ Kenny quipped, “He said it was like playing in a foreign country”. He’s got a lot to answer for!

2019 02 07 Retrieve

[Arsenal exit backed by former Juventus & Wales star Rush says Ronaldo special but Ramsey can be too] I think [Juventus] is a fantastic move for him. When I went there it was an industrial city but it’s come on a million times better since I was there. I think Juventus are an amazing club. They’ve still got connections with the Agnelli family, Andrea Agnelli is the president there and Gianni Agnelli was the owner when I was there. So they are very passionate about it. I think he’d do really well, you’ve got Ronaldo there to play with and all that, so that’s something special. But I think Aaron will be something special for Juventus and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it

Times have changed. When I was there I had to do everything myself. Now it’s moved on that much that everything is done for them and the most important thing for him is to concentrate on his football, his attacking play and all that. He’ll learn the language when he’s ready and that’s what it’s all about. He’s got six months to learn it, I had 12 months as well

The most important thing in Italy is you have to be confident in what you do. If I went to Italy now, I would tell them: ‘I’m Ian Rush, I’m the best footballer in the world.’ If I had done that for Liverpool, the other teams would say: ‘OK, let’s see how good you are.’ It’s completely different to the English way, the English helped each other. First impressions [are] a big thing in Italy and I would say to Aaron: ‘Go there, be confident and tell them how good you are’ and all that, give them one sentence in Italian and his first impression that will be job done for him

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Dalglish sensationally resigned as manager on February 22, 1991, two days after a 4-4 draw with Everton at Goodison Park] We had all come in for training and were told to meet in the dressing room. Kenny walked in and said he was leaving. It was complete shock and surprise in there. He couldn’t say too much but there were tears in his eyes as he spoke