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    19.07.2018 14:46 - in: The team S

    Spinazzola: "Dream come true"

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    The 25-year-old speaks to the media as he returns to the club from a two-year loan

    It's been a long road to this day as Leonardo Spinazzola was officially presented as a Juventus player on Thursday at Allianz Stadium and while he'll have to wait a little bit longer to take the pitch, the Perugia-born defender was grinning ear to ear.

    Here's a selection of what the 25-year-old had to say in his introductory press conference: 

    DREAM COME TRUE

    "It’s a big emotion for me to be here. It’s a dream for me. I’ve had to wait such a long time and I’m so happy for this."

    "Last year, I really tried hard to make the move happen and didn’t want to miss the opportunity, but Atalanta told me I needed to stay and I was happy to stay where we had a great season also with Europa League which was positive for the whole team. I have to thank the whole club, Gasperini and my teammates for two great seasons. Without them, I may not be here now. I have to thank Juventus too who has been waiting for me a long time as well. I’m just very emotional and excited."

    ROAD TO RECOVERY

    "I have to say that I feel must better. In the last week I have been running and after a medical check on Tuesday they said everything is going well. I just need to keep going, be patient with a full recovery and I will."

    "Hopefully [I will return] mid-October or November. These types of injuries need a lot of patience and the right recovery. If I was to rush my recovery and return a month earlier, maybe it would cause more problems, so I just want to follow the instructions of my doctors and coach and when they give me the OK, I’ll be ready."

    FAMILIAR FACES

    "I’ve been on a training camp for one month with [Massimiliano] Allegri some years ago, so I have worked with him and I also know my Italian mates from the national team. Not everybody has arrived yet but I’m happy because I know the staff which gives me a leg up."

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