Wojciech Szczesny completes transfer to Juventus from Arsenal
Juventus have completed the signing of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal.
Szczesny, 27, has opted to move to Italian champions Juve, where he is likely to be the understudy to Gianluigi Buffon until the 39-year-old retires, which may be at the end of the coming season.
“I’m delighted to be at Juventus. I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game,” Szczesny told a news conference. “When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here
“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win. At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”
The Poland international is no stranger to Italian football having spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma, with whom he made 72 Serie A appearances.
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Szczesny said goodbye to Roma in a message on Instagram last month and has now signed for their league rivals.
Szczesny is likely to gain most of his action for Juve in the Coppa Italia next season as he is primed to succeed Buffon, who has already announced his intention to retire from international football following next summer’s World Cup, but has yet to confirm whether he will call it a day entirely when he is 40.
He recently said that if Juve win the Champions League next season, he would like to carry on playing for the opportunity to win the Club World Cup
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.