Giuseppe Marotta has conveyed his delight after Juventus fought off stiff competition from a host of top European clubs to capture the signature of Argentine forward Carlos Tévez.
The club CEO believes Tévez’s desire to wear the black and white stripes, coupled with the Bianconeri’s tenacity in pursuing the gifted frontman, were crucial aspects behind the completion of one of the club’s most exciting signings.
Addressing the media at Juventus Stadium, Marotta began: “It was a tough process, we’re proud. We were after Tévez for a few years and this time we’ve managed to bring him in despite the fierce competition, both from Italy and overseas.
“Through his agents, Carlos has shown his desire to wear our shirt and this gave us confidence and reassurance, even in recent times when many on the outside began to say the deal was collapsing.
“We kept a constant low profile and it’s also thanks to City’s decency that we’ve managed to seal the deal. Tévez is an important player who raises the level of quality in our squad even further.”
Marotta was on hand to welcome Tévez to Turin yesterday evening amid scenes of jubilation outside the club’s city centre headquarters.
And having witnessed the excitement surrounding the arrival of an internationally coveted talent, the CEO says the Bianconeri have fully regained their status as one of Europe’s top teams.
“Yesterday was a day of great excitement. This deal is also a response to certain scepticism levelled towards myself and the club by certain people. The value and prestige of Juventus certainly helped convince Tévez to come here.
“I still recall that just two years ago, many players turned us down. Instead, today, there are plenty of players, also important ones, who want to join us. Our success over the past two years and Andrea Agnelli’s arrival have brought new appeal to the club. We can say with pride that Juventus are now back where they belong.”
Concluding with a reflection on the importance of the legendary number 10 shirt, Marotta expressed his belief that Tévez has all the attributes required to live up to the names of his illustrious predecessors.
“We know the number 10 is an attractive shirt of great value, worn in the past by players who have excited the fans and often also been key figures and captains of the club, such as Sivori, Platini, Baggio and Del Piero.
“We all know about their achievements, above all those of Alessandro, who wore the shirt in recent years. When Carlitos expressed his desire to take the number 10, we realised that the right moment had come to reassign it. He fits the right profile to shoulder the responsibility that comes with such a shirt.”