Merih Demiral has confirmed that he will be back playing for Juventus ‘very soon’, explaining why he feels more ‘powerful’ in Bianconero.
Demiral had just broken into Juve’s starting XI until an ACL injury appeared to end his season and dash his hopes of playing for Turkey at Euro 2020.
However, the 22-year-old has been given a reprieve following the coronavirus lockdown, which has only now been lifted so games can restart.
“Everything was going great until I got injured. I feel very good now and I will join the team very soon,” he told Bleacher Report.
“We have great players like Ronaldo, Chiellini and Buffon. They don’t accept losing and they all motivate me. It gives me more power.
“I know one phrase: hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, so we are hardworking and talented players.
“For me, one thing is clear: we like training with game tempo more than normal training.”
Demiral was then asked what it was like to have Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala as teammates.
“I think the Champions League is the best competition after the World Cup and the best players in the world play in it.
“The small things decide who win and, of course. Ronaldo won the cup five times. Also he’s experienced, which is very important for me and the team.
“I have one memory of him. Ronaldo scored two goals against Udinese and he was training after the game.
“When he saw me, he toid me, ‘come on, it’s time for regeneration’. He also said, ‘if you want to be a winner, the result isn’t important. You must continue working hard.’
“So we did regeneration training together and that day I understood his passion much better. Also, his character motivates our team.
“From the first day, Dybala was a good friend to me. We get along very well and we always make jokes.
“I always tell him that he’s the best player in Argentina. When he has the ball, he’s great. He also motivates me more in training.”
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