Friday March 18 2011
Matri believes in Juve plans

Alessandro Matri is convinced that Juventus will return to the very highest levels of Italian football. "The project is solid."

Juve have had another season to forget after a disastrous 2011 has seen a side chasing the Scudetto turn into an outfit struggling to qualify for the Europa League.

"This is a transitional year," Matri, a January arrival, told the Corriere dello Sport on Friday. "However, there is a base to build on. The project is solid and ambitious."

Matri arrived on deadline day after Juve netted him on a loan deal, with an option to buy, from Cagliari. He's responded with five goals in seven games.

"I didn't expect to make such an impact," the striker added. "On a personal level, I'm very happy with how things are going."

There was talk that Matri could move to Milan and work under Massimiliano Allegri again, his former boss in Sardinia.

"Milan already had four attackers and then they signed Antonio Cassano," he added. "I think it was just one voice from many.

"Even if it wasn't, how much space would I have had to play there?

"As for Juventus, I was told of their interest in the last week of the window. I remember deadline day, I was just glued to the television and my mobile phone.

"I scored two goals the day before and Cagliari President Massimo Cellino asked what I wanted. I replied by telling him that Juve were my dream and he understood."

Matri is expected to be kept on in the summer as Juventus aim to finally build a competitive side for the future.

"I'm honoured," he added. "It's a big responsibility and I'll give my all to demonstrate my worth. Juve want to start winning again and I just want to start."