12 Jul 2013

Peluso: "An unforgettable year"

The January arrival reflects on a whirlwind 12 months during this evening’s first meeting with the fans at Juventus Summer Village

Federico Peluso reflected on an “unforgettable year” in the black and white stripes of Juventus while speaking to DJ Nana and new JTV host Cristina Chiabotto during this evening’s first meeting with the fans at Juventus Summer Village in Chatillon.

The 28-year-old, Antonio Conte’s first signing in the January transfer window, experienced a whirlwind 12 months in which he debuted for Cesare Prandelli’s Azzurri, sampled his first taste of Champions League action and helped the Bianconeri to their 31st Scudetto triumph.

Addressing a strong crowd in Val d’Aosta, Peluso began: “Last year was full of excitement. I made my international debut, joined Juventus and played in the Champions League. I was definitely a year to remember, with the Scudetto being the icing on the cake.”

The defender’s adaptation to life at Juventus was made easier by his familiarity with the environment, having previously spent a six-month spell with the club’s Primavera squad as a 19-year-old.

And, after working hard to rise through the ranks and secure a move back to Turin, Peluso expressed his delight at being part of “one of the best clubs in the world.”

“I was young when I was first at Juventus, I viewed the first team as a dream and this dream has come true. I’m truly delighted to have achieved this target. I’m at one of the best clubs in the world, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Having previously worked under Conte’s management in Bergamo, Federico is no stranger to the coach’s meticulous planning and strong work ethic.  

 “I already knew that it would be tough with the manager, you need to work hard, but this is the time in which to do it. I was mentally prepared for getting back to work.”  

When asked about his hobbies away from football, Peluso concluded by revealing his desire to join team-mates Simone Pepe and Mirko Vucinic on the golf course.   

 “I’m trying to play tennis, it’s not easy, but it’s a sport I’m fond of. I’ve also promised myself that I’ll go and play golf with Simone Pepe. He’s a good player, I’m not going to say excellent because Vucinic is better and he’ll get offended. But I’d like to start playing, time permitting.”

Peluso’s friendship with Pepe is one that goes back to their days as derby rivals in Rome.

“My dad took plenty of photos of me when I played for Lazio’s academy. The other day he found a few taken during a derby played many years ago, in which I was marking Simone.

“He sent them over and it was exciting to see them, I immediately passed them on to Simone and he put them on Twitter. It was a nice blast from past, which also made us aware of how far we’ve come.”