Wednesday February 22 2012
‘Padoin good enough for Juve’

Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono insists that Simone Padoin is of Juventus quality following his January move.

The 27-year-old was transferred from Bergamo to the Old Lady in a €5m deal last month and made his League debut in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Catania.

“Padoin is an extremely versatile player who can occupy various roles in midfield,” Colantuono told Tutto Juve.

“The decision by Juventus boss Antonio Conte to have him at his disposal was dictated by the player’s multi-talented characteristics and the fact that he is a serious person.

“As a player, he is certainly worthy of Juventus so therefore the Bianconeri made a good decision in buying him.”

The midfielder was used on the right-flank in Conte’s 3-5-2 against the Sicilians last weekend. He isn’t expected to start against Milan on Saturday.