Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic said Juventus was ‘representing perfection’ and announced he would be able to move to Allianz Stadium in 2014. The former Roma player arrived in July 2016 for €32 million, establishing himself as one of the leading midfielders in Series A, and picking up three Scudetti, two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana since his move to Turin.

Yet the 30-year-old, after transferring from Olympique Lyonnais, who spent five seasons with Giallorossi, said he had chosen to delay his switch because of the great rivalry at Bianconeri.”I should have transferred to Juventus two years earlier, “Pjanic told Sonny Anderson on Instagram. “I figured I’d be among the best.

There were [Andrea] Pirlo, [Paul] Pogba, [Arturo] Vidal, and the other excellent players. For me it would have been difficult to go straight into that sense. Staying with Rudi Garcia in Rome was better for me.”We were a good team, solid but not like Juventus. They had a fantastic atmosphere. So I told myself the time had come for Juve to join the world.

“When you walk into the changing room and see the legends’ names you can tell the club has a great past,” he said. “Everyone has the DNA of victory. This club reflects success since it works harder than the others, it is winning.

The title of the Champions League has eluded the Old Lady since 1995-96 and Pjanic has admitted that when the competition returns, Bianconeri will ‘need some luck’ to go all the way. “Juventus’ goal is to win it. We’ll just need some luck, to have the whole team at our fingertips. We’re one of five or six teams that would like to take it home.


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