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    16.07.2016 16:13 - in: The team S

    Benatia eyes success with Bianconeri

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    Medhi Benatia sets his sights on a successful season for Juventus: “The aim is to maintain our supremacy in Italy and be competitive in Europe.”

    Medhi Benatia is targeting a successful campaign in Bianconeri colours both in Italy and abroad, having put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal from Bayern Munich.

    Meeting the media for the first time today at Juventus Stadium, the Moroccan international defender made clear his ambitions to help the Old Lady maintain her winning habits domestically, whilst aiming big on the continent as well.

    European ambitions

    “The aim this season is that of retaining the Scudetto but also to be increasingly competitive in Europe as well. Last year, it was a pity that Juventus and Bayern Munich had to face one another in the last 16 because both sides deserved to reach the final. I believe that the Bianconeri are well on the way to being able to win the Champions League, especially when you take into account their road to the final against Barcelona in 2015. It’s undoubtedly our objective to confirm our position among the elite clubs on the continent.”

    Return to Italy

    “Bayern is a fantastic club, but I ultimately endured a difficult couple of seasons due to a few too many injuries. I wanted to return to Italy for my family, the Serie A and the way of life here. I feel more at home with the Italian mindset and to join Juventus was a logical choice for me.”

    Medhi and Miralem

    “Miralem (Pjanic) is a great friend of mine. We hung out a lot during our days at Roma. He was my room-mate and we’d often go to training together. I feel very happy and fortunate to be able to team up with him again here. He’s an extremely gifted footballer and brings enormous quality to Juventus for the upcoming campaign.”

    Backline brilliance

    “Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini are three ‘monsters’ at the back, while Daniele Rugani is an immensely promising player for this country as he’s very talented. I’ve a great deal of respect for all of my new defensive colleagues and I’ll work extremely hard, giving my absolute all to the cause. I prefer playing in a four-man backline, as that’s what comes most naturally to me. Nevertheless, I featured as the central defender in a three-man rearguard at Udinese, so I’m used to both formations.”

    Shirt selection

    "I've chosen the number 4. The great Paolo Montero and Martin Caceres donned this shirt and I'm honoured to be wearing it now."

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