Saturday January 29 2011
Barzagli: 'Del Neri called me to Juve'

Andrea Barzagli is over the moon after joining Juventus for his third reunion with Gigi Del Neri. “I have arrived at a great club.”

Coach Del Neri specifically requested 2006 World Cup winner Barzagli, who had already worked with him at Chievo and Palermo.

“I spoke to Del Neri and he seemed very determined, maybe even more than in the past,” smiled the ex-Wolfsburg centre-back.

“I have arrived at a great club, the biggest I have ever played for, and am here to give my contribution.

“I have watched Juventus, so I think that despite the changes and injuries, they are having a good season. They're only two to three points from the Champions League spots.

“This is a compact and unified squad with excellent potential. We can only improve with these resources at our disposal.”

The defender made the move from Wolfsburg on a contract to June 2013, completing the switch worth just €300,000 on Thursday.

“This season a new director of sport arrived at Wolfsburg with two new centre-backs, so I was pushed aside,” said the man who was set to be a free agent at the end of the season.

“I was meant to leave in August, but was then held because Arne Friedrich picked up an injury, so I agreed to stay on until he recovered.

“These were a positive two and a half years in Germany and a satisfying time too, considering we won the Bundesliga in the first season. It may seem strange that I was signed for €11m and sold for €300,000, but in Germany this happens a lot.”

Barzagli is available to make his debut on Sunday against Udinese.