Friday May 22 2020
Rugani: 'Virus made me stronger'

Juventus’ Daniele Rugani has looked back on his ‘strange’ month with coronavirus and claimed he is ‘a great deal stronger’ as a result of his ordeal.

Rugani was the first Serie A player to test positive for COVID-19 back in March, but the defender has since made a full recovery.

“I’m very well; I’m in good spirits. I went through a strange month, but the important thing is that everything went well and I count myself lucky,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“It all started with a dose of fear in hearing the news. I was afraid of having transmitted the disease to my partner, who is pregnant.

“To be on the safe side, I decided to go immediately into isolation at Continassa and it was the best and most correct thing for everyone; I have to thank the doctors for their professionalism and for their skill in reassuring us.

“Certainly, getting out of this situation has given my partner and I a great deal of strength and positive energy.”

The 26-year-old then asserted he was ready to help Juve with their fixture pileup once the season resumed.

“I watched the Bundesliga and it’s strange to see the stadiums and players separated on the bench, but it’s only right that we do everything possible to return to the pitch as safely as possible and that measures are followed for everyone's health.

"My objective is to always give my maximum contribution to the team. If we had to start again, there will be many matches close together so it will be essential to be ready to help because we want to take home the collective objectives that we have set ourselves.”