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19 Jul 2014 - in: The team

Morata delight at Juve switch

The talented frontman says Juventus was the only club for him: “I’ve wanted to come here for a long time and I can’t wait to get started”

Alvaro Morata has revealed his joy at signing for Juventus after putting the finishing touches on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid this afternoon.

The 21-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract, explained how the club’s illustrious history and desire to recruit his services instantly convinced him that the famous white stripes represented the perfect fit.

Speaking to the media at Juventus Stadium, Morata began: “I’ve wanted to come to Juventus for a long time. The club has always shown plenty of interest in me and I’m happy to be here. I want to work hard for the best Italian team. Serie A is a tough league, one of the most important in the world, but I feel ready to tackle it.”

The Spanish frontman, who will wear the number 9 shirt, revealed he has already been in contact with Massimiliano Allegri and says he can’t wait to link up with his team-mates on the training ground ahead of the new campaign.  

“I’ve already spoken to Allegri and I’m itching to get started on the training ground. It’s going to be magnificent to be able to play with the world class talents in this team and the competition for places is something that will push me to demand even more of myself.

“I know there’s the possibility to return to Real, but for now I just want to get my head down, enjoy this experience and contribute to new successes.”

Bianconeri CEO Giuseppe Marotta was equally delighted at completing an impressive coup for the club.

He added: “Morata is one of the finest young talents in European and World football. He’s already got an impressive list of honours and has been able to taste the recent success enjoyed by Real, acquiring a winning mentality in the process.

“It was a long and drawn-out affair, due to Real wanting to keep hold of him and the fierce competition we faced for his signature. His desire to wear the black and white stripes was crucial for us.”