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.”