Juventus’s new signing Danilo has said the opportunity to play alongside former teammate Cristiano Ronald had motivated him to leave Manchester City and join the Italian side.
The 28-year-old was signed by the Italian champions on August 7th for a fee of £34.1m (€36.7m) in a deal that saw Juventus’s right-back Joao Cancelo move to Manchester City. AFP reported that the Brazilian admitted that he talked with his former teammate before making the move.
"I spoke to Ronaldo before coming here," Danilo told a press conference in Turin.
"He spoke very highly of Juventus and to play with him will be an extra motivation." He continued, "I jokingly said to him that I wanted to take the number seven jersey, but it was already taken," said Danilo, who will wear the number 13.
Danilo won two Champions League alongside the Portuguese star in 2015 and 2016 during his time at Real Madrid. He signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2017. He struggled during his time in England as he failed to displace Man City’s first-choice right back Kyle Walker.
But the Brazilian spoke of how the style of play of his new manager Maurizio Sarri could benefit him. "Sarri has a very particular style, he likes to command play. We saw him in England with Chelsea and also Napoli. It is always difficult to play against his teams, but he has a style of play that I like.
"Sarri and (Pep) Guardiola are similar in style and for what they ask during the game, they both love to control the game and for me it is a very positive thing. There were already discussions with Juventus in the past, but I believe that this is the right moment to be here."