'I deserve to be here' - new Juventus signing Locatelli on his dream move

The midfielder completed a 37.5 million euro ($40.94 million) move to Juve on Thursday, looking to help the club regain its Serie A crown this season.

FILE PHOTO: Italy's Manuel Locatelli cuts a section of the net as he celebrates after winning Euro 2020.   -  REUTERS

New Juventus signing Manuel Locatelli has said that he deserved his move from Sassuolo to the Turin giant, adding it had always been his dream to play for the club.

The midfielder, who was one of Italy's standout performers in its Euro 2020 success, completed a 37.5 million euro ($40.94 million) move to Juve on Thursday, looking to help the club regain its Serie A crown this season.

"This has always been the dream I had as a child, we have a Juventus family," he told a news conference on Friday ahead of Juve's opening game of the season against Udinese.

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"I have to get into the role right away, if I'm here it's because I deserve it and can't wait to start.

"Juve has always been my priority, luckily I'm here, the negotiation wasn't easy. There was a moment when I was worried but luckily my family and my girlfriend were close to me and now I'm here."

Juventus go into its away match at Udinese on Sunday looking to better its disappointing season last time out, when the reigning champion finished fourth under rookie coach Andrea Pirlo.

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Locatelli, who scored twice in Italy’s 3-0 Euro 2020 group stage win over Switzerland to help secure a last-16 berth for the eventual champions, is eager to be involved from the start.

"Juve is full of champions," he added. "When you see (Cristiano) Ronaldo as an opponent and then in the locker room with you it is exciting. I watched him on YouTube and now I play with him - it is an immense pleasure.

"I'm not 100% but I feel quite ready to play. The coach (Massimiliano Allegri) knows better than anyone else, and he will decide."

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