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
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
”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.”