Sebastian Giovinco has admitted that he did think that his Juventus career had come to an end.
The attacker left the Turin giants in 2010 when he joined Parma on loan and then signed for the Gialloblu in a co-ownership deal a year later.
However, the Atomic Ant is now back in Turin after Juve decided to hand over €11m to take control of his full rights again.
“I did lose hope, but I always worked hard to come back here,” the Italian told Tuttosport. “To be at Juventus again with the Scudetto shield on our shirts is a dream come true.
“I first started to believe that I could be recalled in the spring and then the summer.
“My hope increased after reports of talks to sign me were becoming more frequent and after hearing the words of boss Antonio Conte. There was something concrete in the air.”
The Euro 2012 player was born and raised in Turin, as well as being a product of the Old Lady’s youth system.
“I’m back home – in all senses. Turin is my city, I’m back with my family and especially my club. To play in your own city with one of the most important clubs in the world is something special.
“I’ve played with consistency over the last two seasons. I have learned a lot and I was allowed to grow. Juventus will find me different, more expert, solid and with a lot of desire to continue improving.”
There were some doubts about Giovinco’s best position before he left the Bianconeri, but he has clear ideas about where he should be used.
“I like to play in attack,” he continued. “That’s where I was used last term and I got 15 goals. I feel like an attacker.
“I want to win, to lift a trophy into the air. That has always been my objective and now I want to achieve it here.
“Boss Antonio Conte is as hungry for wins as I am, while Andrea Pirlo is a monster. He never loses his cool. I’ve asked him to help me win something.”
Giovinco was inevitably asked about the possibility that he could inherit Alessandro Del Piero’s No 10 shirt.
“The club and the Coach will decide. Whatever they say will be fine for me. To be honest, I have asked for the 12, I like it…”