Mattia Perin has given his first interview as a Juventus player and expressed his surprise at the news of Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The goalkeeper was presented to the press and spoke about his ambitions for the club and of course, the impending arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The news really struck me, he’s the best in the world,” Perin said at his presentation Press conference.
“It means I can train with someone who has such great professionalism, even though there are many here, starting with [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Andrea] Barzagli.
“To learn from him will be a positive for us, for the players and also for Serie A which will be among the two or three best leagues in the world.
“Was I surprised? I wasn’t expecting it, but rom a club like this it doesn’t surprise me to sign such a great champion.
“I saw it as possible because Juventus is on a par with Real, Barcelona and Bayern, and if I had to say which of those was most probable it would be Juventus, and so it was.
“We know that a great champion is coming and we’re happy.” Perin was also quizzed about his own move to Turin.
“I went through a long and tortuous path to join a great team. I’m at one of the top four or five teams in Europe, which is what I worked for, but I don’t feel like I’ve arrived.
“Everyone thought I’d have chosen the easiest way but I like a challenge and I come here with the willingness to learn. The competition will be good for both myself and [Wojciech] Szczesny.
“I know that I’ll start disadvantaged but the competition will be good for both of us. Szczesny played some great games and he deserves the chance to replace Gigi [Buffon].
“I’ll work and give my best when I play, then beyond that the decisions aren’t down to me.
“I spoke with three or four clubs but I think I made the best choice because the chance to go to Juventus only comes along once in a lifetime. I didn’t think twice about it.
“To emulate what Gigi did will be difficult, if not impossible.
“He’s the best of the past 30 years, he’s a reference point for goalkeepers around the world and having the chance to train with him was an honour, as well as a chance to learn some tricks of the trade.
“It’s obvious that I’m also thinking about the national team, but it’s very competitive there and there’s also Gigi who will be playing for a prestigious club like Paris Saint-Germain.
“If he proves that he’s in form then clearly he’s a champion who can also aspire to the national team.”
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