Saturday August 2 2014
Romulo: 'Fight to stay at Juve'

Romulo “made many sacrifices to get here and will fight even harder to stay” at Juventus, but “cried” at his World Cup exit.

The 27-year-old completed his transfer from Verona this afternoon, on loan for €1m with an option to buy for a further €6m that becomes mandatory if he plays at least 60 per cent of this season’s games.

“I knew of interest from Juventus and that made me happy,” said Romulo in his Press conference.

“I am satisfied, as it’s another step in my continuing journey that I started in Italy three years ago. I also thank Fiorentina for the opportunity they gave me. I want to give my all for the city and the club.

“Scudetto? There are some very strong teams in the running and Juve are one of them. We’ll do everything to go as far as possible in the Champions League too.”

Romulo is known as a tactical joker in the pack and was asked about his meeting with Coach Max Allegri.

“We met today, but didn’t speak very much. He asked me where I preferred to play and I said I was ready to take any role on the right flank.”

Romulo had been called up by Italy for the World Cup in his homeland of Brazil, but opted against it because he did not feel 100 per cent fit.

“It was very difficult to admit I wasn’t at my best and I cried a great deal. The World Cup was a dream, especially in Brazil, but Cesare Prandelli kept asking me how I felt and I couldn’t lie to him. He thanked me for my honesty.

“I grew up in a poor family, but with good values. Today is a dream come true. I made so many sacrifices to get here and now I’ll fight even harder to stay. I received many doors slammed in my face during my career, but it’s all in the past now.

“I was inspired by Denilson as a kid and he was my idol. I wore the Number 2 jersey when I was young, so I chose to maintain that tradition.”

Photo credit: @juventusfc

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