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      02.09.2015 15:00 - in: The team S

      Hernanes: “A wonderful opportunity”

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      The Brazilian underlines his ambition to play an important role for his new club: “This is a wonderful opportunity to show my qualities”

      Hernanes expressed his commitment to making a success out of his move to Juventus following Monday evening’s transfer from Inter.

      The Brazilian emphasised that he felt in peak condition for the upcoming campaign, while declaring his readiness to take on the responsibility that goes hand in hand with playing for the Italian Champions.

      The 30-year-old also expressed his delight at being able to test his mettle in the Champions League for the first time in his career.

      Speaking to the press at Juventus Stadium, he began: “I feel at the very top of my game both physically and mentally. This is a wonderful opportunity to show my qualities.

      “I’ve been a mature person both on and off the pitch, as a father to four children. Now I’m ready to take responsibility in this new challenge with Juventus.

      “I’m very happy to be playing in the Champions League this year. I’m determined to help this team achieve great results.”

      Having played in a number of midfield roles during his career, Hernanes has favoured a position just behind the strikers in recent years.

      And the former Lazio player reiterated his intention to provide an attacking threat in the final third, which also led to him choosing the number 11.

      “It’s true that I began my career in Sao Paulo playing further back, but I soon moved forward to a more offensive role due to my attacking qualities.

      “I’ve averaged around a goal every four matches since arriving in Serie A and I will look to better those figures with Juventus. I’m here to improve on my current record and continue to develop as a player.”

      Asked about his impressions of his new club, Hernanes was glowing in his praise of the Old Lady’s winning reputation.

      “Everyone recognises the strength of this club both from within Italy and overseas. Juventus remains the team to beat in this division.”

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