Federico Peluso has thanked Atalanta for allowing him to catch the eye of Italian giants Juventus.
The left-back is just a medical away from joining the Old Lady for the rest of this season following his dramatic rise in the Italian game.
“I thank Atalanta for everything they have given me in these seasons,” the Italian international told Tuttosport.
“I’m happy because Juventus represents an important opportunity for my career which I want to take advantage of.
“However, at the same time, there is sadness in leaving a club and an environment in which I was very happy.”
The almost 29-year-old joined Atalanta in January 2009 from Albinoleffe and caught the eye in Serie A last season.
Juventus had made an offer for Peluso in the summer, but no move occurred as Reto Ziegler was only shipped out once the Italian transfer window had closed.
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