Angelo Ogbonna says he is proud to join one of the “greatest teams in the world” after signing a five-year deal with reigning Serie A champions Juventus.
The Italian international defender, who will wear the number five jersey, believes the opportunity to work with Antonio Conte’s Scudetto winners on a daily basis will aid him in his overall development as a footballer.
Speaking at a press conference from the team’s pre-season base in Chatillon, Obgonna began: “I’m very proud to be here. Juventus are one of the biggest teams in the world, comprised of great champions.
“I’m an ambitious person and this represents a great opportunity for me to develop as a player. My task is to help my team-mates and give the manager a selection dilemma. It’s an immense satisfaction to play for a team that’s won back-to-back titles and is involved in the Champions League.”
Ogbonna’s move sees him become the eleventh player in history to complete a direct switch from inter-city rivals Torino to Juventus.
But the 25-year-old moved quickly to dispell any fears of torn loyalties, citing his professionalism and burning desire to win as the fundamental driving forces behind his career.
“I’ve been warmly welcomed by the Juventus fans, Conte and my team-mates. I knew almost all of the lads already, living in the same city makes these kinds of things easier.
“I always look at the present and future. I don’t consider myself a traitor because I’ve always underlined the fact that we’re professionals.
“I’ve always had a great relationship with club president Cairo, manager Ventura and all my ex-team mates. We parted on good terms.
“Torino fans? The majority of people who know me know what I’m like and fortunately I’ve always surrounded myself with the right people. I’ve received more advice than criticism over the past few days.”
When asked about the team’s domestic and European ambitions for the coming season, Ogbonna emphasised the need to focus on one specific goal at a time, starting with August’s Italian Super Cup final against Lazio.
“Our first target is the Italian Super Cup. Then we’ll look to achieve our third Scudetto. As far as the Champions League is concerned, we know we’re a great team, but there are also other great teams in Europe. We’ll look to work consistently in order to be prepared for the competition.”