Marchisio then took to the microphone to discuss a variety of topics with journalists, from his joy at prolonging his stay with the club to the type of competition Juventus can expect this season.
Here is a summary of his thoughts:
“It’s a wonderful day, right up there with my first training session in 1993. I’ve always wanted to wear this shirt and I’m lucky enough to be able to do so for another five years. I really can’t wait to get going again and keep winning with this great team.”
“There’s not much that needs to be said to the new arrivals. Those who have come in over the past few years have settled in without any issues. Ours is a strong group and we’re prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Khedira and Mandzukic are two important, experienced players who have won the Champions League.”
“Andrea was an important player for Juventus and someone I was always inspired by. Watching him play has made my role a lot easier.”
“You can’t predict what kind of season it’s going to be. There are teams who are bolstering their ranks, but it’s still too early to say how things will pan out. Even when the season starts you need to wait a while to work out who’s going to be up there fighting. We need to set off with the same hunger to win.”
“I’m expecting it to be difficult, as it is every year. Our last campaign saw us grow in stature with each game, having endured a few difficulties at the start, in spite of playing well. We need to aim to consolidate our position on the European scene, once again looking to finish within the top eight.”
“Thank you to everyone who has helped me since I joined the club as a seven-year-old, from directors and coaches to the medical staff and kit men. It’s down to them that I’ve become I’m the player I am today.”