Aquilani hopeful of staying at Juventus

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani says his future

”is simple” and that he wants to stay with Italian giant

Juventus.

Aquilani joined Juventus on loan before the start of the season

after an injury-disrupted year with Liverpool. The 26-year-old has

returned to form and regained his place in the Italy national

team.

”The situation is simple, it all depends on Juve,” Aquilani

told Friday’s edition of the Gazzetta dello Sport. ”If the club

wants me, it can buy me. I would like to stay in Turin for some

time and win a lot of things.

”I have played consistently this season, without any major

difficulties. It is fair to say I’ve overcome my problems.”

The 26-year-old Aquilani scored one goal in 18 appearances for

Liverpool after joining from Roma in 2009 and reports in Italy say

Juventus will need to pay ?16 million ($23 million) if it wants to

make his move permanent.

Juventus is one point outside the Europa League qualification

places and eight away from a Champions League spot. This season,

the twice European champion crashed out of the Europa League at the

group stage, having drawn all six of its matches.

Despite coach Luigi del Neri coming under pressure following

Juventus’ mixed season, Aquilani is confident that the club’s core

of young Italian players can help restore success to the club.

”You need a bit of time to build things up as Inter Milan

showed,” Aquilani said. ”We just need a bit of patience, but

pretty soon Juve will get back to where it should be. The

foundations are solid and we are starting a winning cycle. I want

to be a big part of that.”