Former Southampton forward Gaston Ramirez has told the Italian media he helped to save Bologna when he was sold to the Premier League side in 2012.

During his time with the Serie A club they suffered financial hardship, and were warned by the Italian FA over player’ not receiving their wages.

Calciomercato have reported on comments made by Ramriez when asked about his time with Bologna and leaving the club for Southampton: “I am happy to have saved Bologna, considering they paid €3m and resold me for €15m.”

Ramirez had a forgettable spell with Southampton after arriving at St Mary’s with high hopes. The Uruguay international played just 48 Premier League games for the Saints, and during his time with the club he was loaned out to Hull City and Middlesbrough.

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Ramirez would go on to make his move to Middlesbrough permanent, but left the club when they were relegated to the Championship last season.

The 26 year old retuned to Serie A last summer, and he’s made himself a regular with Sampdoria.