The arrival of Fernando Llorente at Juventus is set to improve what is already a formidable strikeforce following the recent signing of Carlos Tévez. Hailed as a “complete striker” by Giuseppe Marotta, his heading ability adds an exciting new dimension to the Bianconeri’s style of play.
He is already a World and European champion with the Spanish national side, but believes he will reach the highest level of his career at Juventus because of the “incredible” ability of the likes of Andrea Pirlo playing alongside him.
Speaking to a worldwide audience of fans via an exclusive live streaming service on Juventus.com, Llorente began: “It’s a dream for me to play here. I want to develop as a player and I’m at the best team in which to do so.”
The Spanish striker’s partnership with Tévez is an exciting prospect, and he has no doubt increased the fans’ hopes by showing his determination to help Juventus to succeed.
“The most important thing is to help the team to win and achieve its third consecutive Scudetto, something that hasn’t been done since 1935. That would be something great to aim for.”
In particular, he believes that he will be able to continue scoring the headers which have been the main source of his goals for his previous club, Athletic Bilbao.
He added that he has worked hard to maintain his physical condition before his arrival in Turin, saying: “Physically speaking, I feel very good. I’ve worked for two years with Marcelo Bielsa, who is a demanding coach. We trained a great deal.”
On the upcoming European campaign: “I think the Champions League is a very difficult competition. You’re up against very difficult opponents but we mustn’t put ourselves under pressure and instead take one step at a time. I’m capable of playing alongside anyone, they’re all great players here and I’m very happy to play alongside them.”
Llorente confirmed his excitement at signing for Juventus by expressing his admiration for club legends Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.
The 28-year-old also praised club manager Antonio Conte, for whom he says he has much respect. He commented on the agreeable nature of Conte’s character, saying that he gets on well with him as a person and is “very happy to be able to play under his management."
Most glowing of all was his praise for the Bianconeri faithful: “The fans’ welcome surprised me a great deal, it was incredible and spectacular. I would like to thank all the supporters who followed my arrival, and tell them that I’m delighted to be here and wear a shirt as prestigious as the black and white stripes of Juventus.”