Thursday July 12 2018
Cancelo: ‘Ronaldo the best in the world’

New Juventus signing Joao Cancelo calls Cristiano Ronaldo “the best in the world”, and thanks Inter after his loan spell last season.

The right-back has joined the Bianconeri in a €40m deal from Valencia, and his Portuguese compatriot CR7 has also signed for next season.

“It’s a pleasure for me and everyone to play with someone like Ronaldo, the best in the world,” Cancelo said at his presentation Press conference.

“He’ll definitely raise the quality of the team and I hope we can keep winning together.

“It’s a pleasure to have him here, he’s used to winning and has a winning mentality. Juventus have dominated the Italian league in recent years and I hope he can help us continue that success.

“The Champions League? Obviously Cristiano will bring us quality. There’s no obligation to win the Champions League, the obligation is to compete for it.

“The Champions League is a competition between the best teams in Europe and Juventus is one of those. We’ll have everything to compete for that trophy.

“It’s an objective because he [Ronaldo] increases our quality, but I don’t think it’s an obligation because there will be other teams competing with us.

“It’s definitely an important objective for us though.”

Cancelo spent last season on loan at Inter, but the Nerazzurri couldn’t afford his buyout clause before the deadline due to Financial Fair Play.

“Inter was a very important club for me. They helped me to mature, they gave me my first experience in the Italian league and I thank them for that.

“The Italian league helped me to improve my weaknesses, like the defensive aspect, and I'm improving as a player. I want to keep doing that.

“I was in a situation [at Inter] which depended on the transfer market. Inter didn’t exercise their option for me, Juve wanted me and always proved they wanted me, and I wanted to come to this team that is one of the best in the world.

“‘I'm not here to talk about the differences. Juve dominated the Italian league, Inter is a great club. Now I’m a Juventus player.”

The right-back was then asked about who had impressed him, as well as his integration into the team.

“There are many: [Paulo] Dybala, [Gonzalo] Higuain, Douglas Costa. The defenders are also very good, for example Chiellini is great in his role.

“Alex Sandro has welcomed me very well, I’ve been spending a lot of time with him in recent days, then when [fellow Portuguese speakers] Douglas Costa and Ronaldo arrive it’ll be even easier to adapt.”

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