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On this day: David Platt moves to Italy

Back on this day in 1991, England international David Platt left Aston Villa to sign for Italian outfit Bari.

At his recent unveiling as a Roma player, Ashley Cole spoke of the current reluctance that English players have when it comes to plying their trade abroad.

Yet, it has not always been that way. In years gone by, the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne and Ray Wilkins all tried their luck in a foreign league, while back in the early 2000s, Steve McManaman, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate all represented Real Madrid.

Another England international that spent time away from home was David Platt, who came to the attention of clubs in Serie A when he scored three goals, including a memorable volley against Belgium, at Italia 90.

He returned from that tournament to score 24 goals for Aston Villa, which was form that convinced Bari to part with £5.5m to sign the midfielder 23 years ago today. At the time, it was a record fee received by an English club for one of their assets.

Upon his arrival in Southern Italy, Platt boldly stated that he wanted to have a similar impact on his new club to the one that Diego Maradona had on Napoli. While that was a nigh on impossible task, he did make a major impression, scoring 11 goals from midfield in his debut season in a league that was famed for its ultra defensive style.

He endeared himself to the Bari faithful even further by watching his side's encounter against Hellas Verona among the supporters when he was serving a suspension.

Nevertheless, his positive effect could not prevent the Galletti from dropping out of Serie A. Platt had too much quality to play in Serie B, though, and he soon joined Juventus, making Bari a £1m profit. He struggled to secure a regular place in the starting lineup in Turin and so was sold 12 months later to Sampdoria, where he would become a key member of Sven-Goran Eriksson's Coppa Italia winning side.

Throughout his time in Italy, Platt was often lauded for having immersed himself in the culture and the way of life of the locals.

He was brought back to England and the Premier League in 1995 by Arsenal, whom he would help to win the double three years later. The curtain eventually came down on his career in 2001 following a stint as player-manager of Nottingham Forest.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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