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Emre Can explains why he left Liverpool for Juventus

Emre Can explains why he left Liverpool for Juventus

London, July 11: After a year-long link-up and almost a month after signing for Juventus, former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can finally opened up about his move to Italy.

Can joined Liverpool in 2014 and was a regular first-team player under the last two Liverpool managers, Brendon Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. However, following the end of his contract this July, the defensive midfielder did not accept to renew his contract with the Merseysiders and instead opted to sign for Italian giants Juventus.

The 24-year-old German international, who made 37 appearances for Liverpool last season signed for the Serie A winners as a free agent, apparently pocketed around £14million signing-on fee to be paid in instalments over the next two years.

As per reports, the reason behind his exit from Anfield was due to a bitter relationship with Kloop. But in his first conference, Can now has dismissed all such speculations and claimed Klopp wished him good luck for the move.

"I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp. I had a very good relationship with him," Can said.

"At the end, he wished me all the best here. I never had problems with Klopp."

The German midfielder further added that his decision of choosing Juventus was entirely due to their winning mentality and future project, whereas the Old Lady's continuous interest toward him for several years also played a key role.

"I had a lot of offers from very good teams," Can said.

"I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.

Can also suggested that he idolises former Juventus and France legend Zinedine Zidane and it was his dream since childhood to don the Black and white jersey.

"I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.

"My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I'd play for Juventus. Now I am here and it's a cool story.

"The club had good contact with my agent for many years. I just know how huge the club is and the mentality of the club - they want to win titles. That's my mentality too. I came here to win titles.

"I think the first target has to be to win Serie A and then comes the Champions League. That has to be our aim. I am here to help the team."

Can is expected to join his Juventus teammates this week for the pre-season training and the player could make his debut in the Juventus jersey on 26th July against Bayern Munich in a friendly encounter.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 14:51 [IST]
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