02.07.2013 17:41 - in: Events S

    Marotta: “Llorente, a complete striker”

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    Club CEO Giuseppe Marotta believes Fernando Llorente will prove a valuable addition to the Juventus attack: “He gives us a focal point up front and that aerial presence we’ve been lacking”

    Giuseppe Marotta believes Juventus have secured a real coup in capturing the services of reigning World and European champion Fernando Llorente on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.

    Despite a number of clubs vying to acquire his signature this summer, the 28-year-old opted to lend his considerable talents to the already star-studded squad at the disposal of Antonio Conte.

    The Spanish international has already proven his credentials at the highest level and enjoyed considerable success for both club and country. Marotta insisted that these qualities would make the frontman an ideal fit at Juventus and would certainly boost the club’s already versatile attack which has helped secure back-to-back Scudetto titles.

    Marotta began: “He’s a reigning World and European champion and his quality is undeniable. He’s always scored a lot of goals and we’re confident that he can do the same with us.

    “He’s a complete striker and ideally suited to Conte’s style of play, he gives us a focal point up front and that aerial presence we’ve been lacking.

    “The arrivals of Fernando and Tévez have certainly boosted the quality of our strikeforce, which has always done well and been undervalued by critics far too often.”

    The press conference ended with Marotta addressing a series of enquiries regarding the club’s potential upcoming transfer activity this summer, in particular with reference to Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic.

    “There’s been a lot of talk about Jovetic, but the difficult relations have made it a complicated matter. At the moment I don’t see it as a possibility but anything can happen from now until the start of September.

    “Ogbonna is a target, we’ve never tried to hide that. We would like to bring him in and we’re currently holding talks with Urbano Cairo, so we’ll see how that pans out.

    “The management and the coach want the squad to be complete before pre-season training starts, but we all know that this is a difficult market. We already have a competitive squad, so much so that it’s enabled us win consecutive championships. The arrivals of Llorente and Tévez have helped enhance it even further.”

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