Friday January 31 2014
Llorente: Osvaldo is welcome

Fernando Llorente has mused that Dani Osvaldo is welcome at Juventus, whilst he hopes ‘everything will be resolved’ with Mirko Vucinic.

The Spaniard is in line for extra competition in attack from the weekend, with the Bianconeri closing in on a deal with Southampton for Osvaldo.

For the former Athletic Bilbao man, though, it is not an issue to welcome in the former Roma forward.

“At Juve, champions are welcome, the competition helps everyone to do better,” Llorente has enthused to reporters.

“I really like him a lot, he is a great player. I met him when he was playing in Spain for Espanyol, we also spoke a little.”

Osvaldo’s arrival may come in spite of Mirko Vucinic apparently turning down the change to leave the Bianconeri, even after a failed move to Inter.

“For him these have been difficult days, I hope that everything will be resolved in the best way for him and for the club.

“The dressing room is relaxed, between the players we have not spoken about these events. We are just thinking of work, the rest is for the club to think about.”

Juve face Inter on Sunday evening in the Derby d’Italia.

“I have been told about Inter and the Derby d’Italia, I know that it is a special challenge with great feeling from both teams.

“We are working to put in a great performance and we want to win. It is crucial to return to winning after Roma and Lazio.

“I have a great desire to take to the field, for me it will be the first time against the Nerazzurri.

“Roma? We know they are a great team, they did very well early in the season, they are now demonstrating their strength, and we cannot relax at all.

“Personal goals? You can always improve, for me it would be important to continue to score with continuity.

“Capocannoniere perhaps? Now I just want to help my team to win, everything else will follow on from that.

“At a physical level we are working well, I have reached a good level, I am satisfied.”