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Premier League strugglers bring in “Italian Ryan Giggs” to aid relegation battle

Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of forgettable former Chelsea winger Gabriele Ambrosetti to their coaching staff.

The 42-year-old watched from the stands alongside Francesco Guidolin for Monday’s 1-0 win over Watford at the Liberty Stadium.

And he will work with Swansea’s new manager and Alan Curtis to try to steer the Welsh club away from Premier League danger.

Ambrosetti played under Guidolin for Italian side Vicenza in 1997 but will be more familiar to English fans as a Chelsea flop.

“I’m really happy to be here,” he told Swansea’s official website. “Francesco was my coach so I know how he works and his style, and he also knows how I work. We kept in touch all the time, and as soon as he asked me about going to Swansea with him I quickly said yes!

“The first thing I felt when I arrived here was passion – from the people in the city, the staff, the players. Having the type of welcome we both had makes us feel so comfortable, and that is important when you are in a new country. It’s a great club and I will do my very best to help the club push up the table.

“It was great to see the game on Monday because the guys played very well and we picked up three important points. We have really good players here and it was great to see how supportive the fans are. They made a lot of noise.”

Gianluca Vialli dubbed Ambrosetti the “Italian Ryan Giggs” after signing him for Chelsea for £3.5m in 1999, according to the Daily Mail.

But he turned out to be a shocking signing, making only 16 appearance and scoring once in four years at Stamford Bridge before returning to Italy.

Swansea, who are only one point above the relegation zone, will hope that Ambrosetti has more of a positive impact during his second spell in England.

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