Claudio Marchisio insists he has “no regrets” about leaving Juventus, and explains why he chose the Zenit St Petersburg number 10.
The midfielder had spent his entire career with the Bianconeri, but he made the move to Russia in the summer to get more playing time.
“It was a very intense period, everything was done in a short time,” Marchisio told Sky, in an interview which will be broadcast in full on Friday.
“I always used my head though and tried to make the right decision, I wanted to find a new team to play more, so we made this decision with no regrets, because life goes on. There’s still a big desire to keep winning.
“I’d already spoken with [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Andrea] Barzagli in the dressing room and their advice was very important.
“Now I’m thinking about the present, because Zenit want to get back to winning and that’s everyone’s objective.
“We want to go as far as we can in the Europa League and bring the league title back here to St Petersburg.
“The number 10? I chose it for various reasons, chiefly Alessandro Del Piero. He was my idol ever since I was a child, and the number was available, I came in when the season was already underway.
“I don’t consider myself a true number 10, I have a different role, but I’m attached to this number and there was the chance to wear it.”