Vucinic receives Ranieri rap
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri has told striker Mirko Vucinic he is staying put during January.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 18/01/11 2:35pm
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri has told Mirko Vucinic he will not be going anywhere in the transfer window as he remains a key figure in his plans.
Speculation has been rife that the Montenegrin striker wants a move away from the Giallorossi after he reacted angrily to being replaced by Adriano during Sunday's 1-0 win at Cesena.
Vucinic, once linked with Liverpool and Manchester City, has followed up his 14-goal haul from last season with six goals from 12 Serie A games so far this term.
That has helped Roma to fourth place in Serie A and they have a great chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals as they face Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16.
Ranieri is therefore keen to retain the services of the former Lecce striker but the ex-Chelsea boss insists that the 27-year-old must respect his decisions, warning he could face disciplinary action from the club if he makes another outburst.
"He must understand that the coach and the club want him and so he will stay," said Ranieri.
"I haven't talked with him but my dressing room is open - when he wants to talk, we will talk.
"I choose the team and players must accept that, otherwise they won't do good things.
"They know this, so when it happens again, the club must make an intervention, not me."
Ranieri was speaking ahead of Wednesday's Coppa Italia tie against bitter derby rivals Lazio.