Southampton striker hoping for Juventus stay


Southampton’s on-loan striker Dani Osvaldo is hoping that he can stay with Italian champions Juventus.

Signed by the Saints in 2013, the Italian was shipped out to Juve at the end of the January transfer window. The Italian side has until May 31st to buy Osvaldo for €19m and the Juventus manager, Antonio Conte, revealed that the player took a pay-cut to join the club.

Prior to his transfer, Osvaldo had been suspended by Southampton for a two-week period after a training ground bust-up. Speaking after he left Southampton, the striker said that he had struggled to adapt to football in the Premier League, citing its physicality and tough tackling as problematic.

Speaking to the Italian media this week about staying at Juventus, Osvaldo said

I want to stay even if I did not do well.

I do not know if I will stay at Juventus. I hope, of course.

The 26 year-old has nine appearances for Juventus in Serie A but has yet to register a goal and has only one assist. He has yet to complete 90 minutes for the side in the league, coming on from the bench five times and being subbed off four. He has, however, said to have impressed Juventus with his attitude and hard work in training and they are believed to be considering signing him on a permanent basis.

Osvaldo is still hopeful of making the World Cup in Brazil with Italy, adding

I really want [to go to] the World Cup having done the qualifiers, so I hope to be there.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.