Mattia Perin was not expecting to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Juventus, but he is excited to do so.
Juve paid Genoa an initial €12million to sign the goalkeeper after Gianluigi Buffon confirmed his 17-year stay at Turin would end after the 2017-18 season.
On Tuesday the Bianconeri announced they had shelled out €100m more than the fee for Perin to snare five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
Perin was not surprised by the bold move from the seven-time defending Serie A champions and is looking forward to getting down to work with the Portugal captain.
“I was not expecting it, but from a club like this you can expect anything,” said Perin at his official presentation on Wednesday.
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“The news struck me because he is the best player in the world. Being able to train with him, a great professional, like everyone here, is a plus for all of us and for Italian football.
“I thought the arrival of Ronaldo was possible. Juventus are on a par with Real, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“If Cristiano had to leave, I thought the most probable destination would be Juventus, and that’s how it went.”
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