|Well it’s my last chance to prove I am not just a pretty face but also a valuable Striker|
Marco Borriello has been unveiled as a Juventus player at a morning press conference in Vinovo. The striker’s loan switch from Roma was officially rubber-stamped on January 3, but today saw the Napoli-born frontman meet the media for the first time since completing his move.
And Borriello, who has won seven caps for Italy, wasted no time in setting the record straight regarding his hotly debated transfer to Roma in 2010. “I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he began. “It’s an honour for the club to have given me this opportunity. I’ve got great respect for the fans here, and I’d like to reiterate that I have never turned Juventus down.”
The terms of the agreement will see the 29-year-old join until the end of the season, with Juventus maintaining an option to make the transfer permanent. A move that Borriello would clearly relish. “I’ve got a great desire to show what I can do,” added the striker. “I have five months to convince the club to retain my services, and for the fans to take to me. There’s everything in place to do well.”
Borriello’s signing will bolster the forward options available to Antonio Conte, and Quagliarella’s injury sustained in Lecce may see him thrown into action sooner than expected. The new arrival insisted he is eager to get underway, regardless of the fierce competition for a spot in Juve’s strikeforce. He continued: “Physically speaking, I had a small problem on 20 December but I believe I’m fully recovered. I might join up with the squad today or tomorrow morning. The fight for places? All big teams certainly need to have great strikers. And there’s obviously competition. I haven’t had any promises from anyone on my arrival at Juventus. I’d like to be an added strength for the side.”
The frontman, who will wear the number 23 shirt, also harbours the desire to reignite his international career with the Azzurri, but remains focused on the task in hand. “Let’s take a step at the time,” concluded Borriello. “First of all I hope to acquire the team’s mentality – a strong mentality that they also showed on Sunday. Then I’ll certainly think about the national team. A year ago I was in the starting line-up for the game against Northern Ireland, I then played a half against Germany. Exactly a year ago. So I definitely hope for a recall.”