Wednesday September 2 2020
Arthur: 'Juventus project convinced me'

Arthur Melo said he was persuaded by the ‘ambitious project’ at Juventus and revealed it’s the ‘realisation of a dream’ to play with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazil international was presented as a new Juventus player today and spoke highly of the Bianconeri project ahead of the 2020-21 season.

“This is a very important day for me, I thank my family, the managers, Fabio [Paratici], and everyone who have welcomed me,” Arthur said at a press conference.

“I have the privilege to play with great players, playing with Ronaldo is almost the realisation of a dream.

“The project convinced me, it’s very ambitious.”

Arthur has not discussed his position at Juventus with coach Andrea Pirlo.

“I haven’t spoken in detail with the coach. He has played football like few others, he moved and played in a unique way.

“I feel the privilege of playing for such a coach. We haven’t talked about the formation and position on the pitch yet.”

Arthur was swapped with Miralem Pjanic and thanked Barcelona for his time at Camp Nou.

“I can only thank Barcelona, they showed great affection for me. I was treated very well, as part of a very ambitious project.

“I though it could be an impetus for my career. One of the main reasons for my move was the Champions League.

“The Juventus project is extremely ambitious. The Champions League is a priority, I will work with my teammates to achieve that goal and many others.”

The Brazilian midfielder expects a more physical League in Italy and ‘can’t wait to get started’.

“Serie A, I believe, has more physical contact. It’s a great League, it will be a difficult season, but Juventus are a great team.

“There will be many battles and we can’t wait to get started.”