Saturday August 20 2011
Alex: 'I'd gladly accept Juve move'

Chelsea defender Alex has told Italian television he “would gladly accept” a move to Juventus, but only on a long-term contract.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a loan offer from the Bianconeri and things appear to be progressing well.

“I learned of the Juve option when I returned to Chelsea, but as far as I know, it would be on loan,” €7m-rated Alex told Sky Sport Italia.

“That does not suit me or the club. All I know through my agent is that there has been contact with the Juve directors. I am not interested in moving on loan and neither are Chelsea.

“Seeing as I am 29, this is the right moment to sign one last big contract and stay in Europe for at least four years. I still have a two-year contract with Chelsea and so far there hasn't been talk of a renewal.

“This is why if a four-year deal were to be offered by Juventus, I would gladly accept. I'd love to play in Italy and hope to make this dream come true.

“I really love Italian football,” continued Alex. “Once I had a medical at Milan, but unfortunately we didn't reach an agreement.

“Juventus have always been a special side. We played against Juve a couple of years ago, I spoke to Amauri and Diego who said very positive things about the club and how well players are respected.

“Therefore, when I heard my name associated with Juve, I spoke to my agent and told him this would be a great opportunity for me. Having a new experience in Italian football and a big club like Juve would be very important.”

Alex effectively dictated the terms of any potential deal to Juventus via the media.

“Now it depends on Juve. If they came in with the right offer, I don't think it would be difficult to reach an agreement with Chelsea. However, if they maintain the idea of a loan, then it'll be very tough.”

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