Juventus new boy Dejan Kulusevski admits Parma will ‘always have a place in my heart’ and claims the one season at the Ennio Tardini feels like 10 years.
The Sweden international contributed 10 goals and nine assists in his 36 Serie A matches with the Gialloblu and was signed by champions Juventus in January.
He stayed to finish the campaign with the Crociati and 20-year-old was emotional when he spoke to Gazzetta di Parma about his time in the city.
“The teammates who always helped me, the coach who always played me even when I made mistakes and the whole environment that assisted me do well,” Kulusevski told Gazzetta di Parma.
“I immediately fell in love [with Parma], a true love at first sight. I like everything about this city. The tranquillity and the fact that it’s human-sized.
“I really like it when the fans stop me on the street, and I talk to them about Parma and my performances. We talk about the beautiful city.”
The young Swede has revealed he considers coach Roberto D’Aversa as ‘an older brother’ and praised the Parma squad.
“I consider Coach D’Aversa a very well prepared and very good coach,” Kulusevski added. “But also consider him as an older brother.
“The Crociati are really an exceptional group. It was an honour for me to play for these fans, who are so passionate but don’t put too much pressure on the players.
“I have gotten to know many of them, and I will always carry with me their words of gratitude towards me. The only regret I have, is that I was unable to greet them in my last game at the Tardini.
“They really deserved it, but things are like this. Parma will always be a part of me. I know it has only been a year, but it feels like I have spent 10 years here.
“Parma are really a big family. The President and directors are always available to listen and speak. I feel at home here and Parma will always have a place in my heart.”
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