Italian international hails arrival of “great champions like Tevez”.
Juventus ace Claudio Marchisio has welcomed striker Carlos Tevez to the club with open arms as he nears a switch from Manchester City.
The 29-year-old is expected to finalize a deal to the Turin giants on Wednesday, after the two clubs agreed on a £12m deal which includes various bonuses.
The Argentine international will undergo a medical and discuss personal terms on a three-year deal before putting pen to paper, but Marchisio has wasted little time in congratulating the club on signing a player he believes can make a huge difference next season.
“I have already said it before and I repeat that great champions [like Tevez] are always more than welcome at Juventus,” he said according to Tuttosport, as reported by Goal.com.
However, Marchisio also had a word of warning for the former Manchester United striker, who has had his problems with discipline in the past.
Tevez was suspended by City back in 2011 after his infamous spat with Roberto Mancini during their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. After pushing for a move away from the club, he turned the situation around by committing his future and returning to his early form.
However, Marchisio is clearly still wary of that side of the striker, and will hope that he will give his all for the club and settle in with the rest of the squad.
“It’s crucial that he arrives here with the right motivation and the desire to give everything for the Juventus shirt, though,” he concluded.
The Serie A champions will be searching for their third consecutive league title next season, but the arrival of Tevez is undoubtedly an addition aimed at conquering Europe too.
He will join fellow new-boy Fernando Llorente at the club in pre-season training, while the likes of Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella may find themselves searching for a new club next month.