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Juventus boss Ranieri happy to risk fans backlash over Stankovic

"He is a universal player of great quality," said Ranieri.

"He knows how to play in every role in midfield. The bad humour of some fans will pass after a couple of good performances."

Reports in Italy earlier this week suggested Juve had agreed terms with midfielder Stankovic and negotiated a fee with Inter, but the Bianconeri fans' anger at the proposed deal - which saw websites and phone-ins bombarded by messages of complaint - forced a rethink.

Juve supporters took a dislike to the Serbia star after he turned down a move to the Old Lady when he left Lazio in 2004.

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