Sunday July 15 2012
Juan: My beautiful Roma

Veteran defender Juan insists that Roma will always remain in his heart after leaving Italy for a return to Brazil.

The stopper had a year left on his contract at the Olimpico, but he’s rescinded that deal in order to sign for Internacional.

“There are cycles in football and mine at Roma was beautiful,” the 33-year-old told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’ll always carry the fans and my teammates in my heart who were always very respectful to me. I’ll leave with my head held high as I always did my best and I’m proud of that.”

Juan moved to the capital in the summer of 2007 after five years in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. “We could have won one or two championships, but there was a very good Inter in front of us,” he continued.

“I saw a lot of desire in pre-season training and the squad has character. The priority for Roma is to return to the Champions League.”

Juan was expected to re-join former club Flamengo, but he has decided to put pen to paper for Internacional instead.

“I spoke to Flamengo but we couldn’t close a deal,” he continued. “Then when I had found an agreement with Internacional, Flamengo called again but it was too late. I had given my word.”

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