Juventus captain claims leaving was an option
The season of 2010-2011 was a very tough season for Juventus, one which they would want to forget as the Juventus goal keeper was pondering his exit from the Old Lady.
“I was expecting a call from Conte,” the now 35-year-old stated to Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday. “He told me some beautiful and important things.
“In the previous season, which was the first under the presidency of Andrea Agnelli, I hardly played in the first half of the campaign because of injury and I wasn’t myself in the second.
“My head was elsewhere,” the club captain, who needed back surgery after the 2010 World Cup, added. “I thought the time had come for me to change, to leave Juventus.
“However then the new directors and I got to know each other better and their opinion of me changed. To have the maturity to fix relationships after some disagreements bonds you even more.
“That telephone call from Conte was important and, from that moment, I was even more of a Juventino than I was before.”
The Italian international remains the number one choice between the sticks for the Azzurri as he looks to compete for another world cup tournament next year in Rio.
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