Tuesday April 26 2011
Amauri: Not easy to leave Juve

Parma striker Amauri admits that leaving Juventus on loan in January was not easy, but reiterates that it was the right decision.

The 30-year-old Brazilian has resurrected his career at the Ennio Tardini, scoring seven goals, which could help Parma survive.

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Amauri said: "It wasn't easy to leave a big club. It's not easy for anyone. But I had the desire to throw myself into things again and get through the bad period I was experiencing with injuries and scepticism.

"I only wanted to play with continuity. It's a vicious circle: You're injured. You don't play. And if you don't play, you can't get back into form. I need continuity for my physique.

"From the first day I thought that my decision to join Parma was the right one for the atmosphere around the club: the players, the President and the director of sport who immediately put me at ease.

"They have given me great confidence. It was a while since I had felt this faith towards me."

Asked about his ambition to play for Italy, Amauri said: "I have always wanted the Italian national team. I still have to do a lot and I am ready.

"Right now I am fighting for Parma's survival then we'll see. Actually we mustn't distract ourselves. We have to stay concentrated until the end of the final game."

Finally Amauri gave his reaction to the way Juventus' season has gone under Gigi Del Neri.

"If you want me to say that I feel satisfaction, then no, that's absolutely not the case. I am a Juventus player and I am sorry to see them in this situation in the table.

"It's too easy to say that Amauri would have scored many goals with Juve and would have resolved all the problems. It's not a given."

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