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Juventus sew up Bendtner on loan

SoccerNews in English Premier League 31 Aug 2012

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Juventus have confirmed the signing of Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal on a season-long loan deal.

The Denmark international has been linked with a move to Turin over the last few days, as the Serie A champions failed in their bid to land Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has since joined Premier League side Fulham.

Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, was identified as an alternative to the Bulgarian striker and he has now completed a move to Antonio Conte’s side, who retain an option to buy the player at the end of the season.

“So happy and humble. A dream come true,” Bendtner wrote on his Twitter page.

“I can finally say I am a Juventus player. Very proud and can’t wait to wear the stripes! I hope we will have great times together.”

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Nicklas Bendtner is a Juventus player.

“The company has reached an agreement with Arsenal for the temporary acquisition, with option rights, for the performance rights of the attacker Danish, born in 1988.

“The former Gunner has signed a contract valid until June 30, 2013.”

Juventus are believed to have pipped Siena to Bendtner’s signature, according to the club’s sporting director Stefano Antonelli.

“It seemed an impossible operation, but we had an agreement with Arsenal and with the player,” he told Sky Sports Italia.

“It seemed like a dream, but, at one point, it looked as if we had him. The interest from Juventus changed the scenario.”

The 24-year-old becomes the club’s second deal this week after goalkeeper Rubinho joined from fellow Serie A side Palemo.

Juventus had chased Bendtner’s Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie earlier in the summer but saw the Dutchman complete a move to Manchester United.

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