Fiorentina’s Valon Behrami has admitted that he could have joined Juventus in January ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Franchi.
The Swiss international was one of a number of midfielders to have been targeted by the Old Lady at the start of 2012, before they opted for Atalanta’s Simone Padoin.
“There was the possibility of a move to Juve,” the former Lazio player told Tuttosport on Friday. “Fiorentina, however, wouldn’t consider my sale and I wanted to stay.
“I believe in the Viola project and it is pleasing to know that the club have faith in me.”
Behrami is a doubt for tomorrow’s Serie A game, but he’s desperate to play and leave his name on the scoresheet.
“Scoring against Juventus would be the maximum,” he continued. “I would invent a goal celebration if that happened.”
Juve are desperate to get back to winning ways after drawing their last three games in Serie A – thus allowing Milan to go four points clear.
“They’ll want to win, but we are charged up,” Behrami continued. “We have to demonstrate that we are not that poor as a team and we have to give the fans the satisfaction that they deserve.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!