Friday December 15 2017
Szczesny: ‘Juventus for the future’

Wojciech Szczesny explains “when I chose Juventus I didn’t think about what would happen in 2018, but the next 10 years”.

The goalkeeper spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma, but left Arsenal permanently for the Bianconeri this summer.

At the moment he’s the backup to Gianluigi Buffon, but the legendary ‘keeper plans to retire at the end of the season.

“When I made this choice I didn’t think about what would happen in 2018, but the next 10 years,” Szczesny explained to La Repubblica.

“I made a choice for the future and if I thought it was right at first, now I’m convinced.

“I’m having a strange season, I’ve never started one knowing that I wouldn’t be the starter. I still have to raise my level, working every day, but being the reserve goalkeeper is easier.

“You have weeks to prepare to play, you have less responsibility, but I want to learn how to do it. At first it was a difficult situation, now I’m taking advantage of the positive aspects, it allows me to learn.

“I thank Buffon for the compliments he’s given me, but what I am isn’t yet enough. Juventus need to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“I’m not saying I’m not that, but I need to raise my level. When you see Gigi in the dressing room you really see a leader, and I’ll need to replace him in that too. In fact, that might be the most important aspect.”

Alisson is now Roma’s first choice after being backup for Szczesny, is the Pole in a similar situation with Buffon?

“In a certain sense, yes. Alisson also knew it would be my last year. He had patience and you could see he was very good. It’s not by chance he’s the starter for the Brazilian national team.”

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