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Danilo tells Cristiano Ronaldo he wanted the No.7 shirt at Juventus

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:32, 14 August 2019

New Juventus signing Danilo has revealed he jokingly told Cristiano Ronaldo that he wanted his No.7 shirt upon his arrival at the club.

The defender moved to Turin from Man City last week as part of a deal which saw Portuguese right-back Joao Cancelo head the other way.

Danilo’s Juve move: Five key things to know…

  • Danilo left Man City to join Juve last week.
  • That was as part of a deal which saw Joao Cancelo head the other way.
  • Danilo’s move sees him link up with former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo.
  • The Brazilian joked that he’d requested Ronaldo’s shirt number from him on arrival.
  • He also revealed how “motivated and happy” the Portuguese star looks in Turin.

Danilo’s transfer sees him link back up with former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, having won two Champions League titles together during their time at the Bernabeu.

And speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Danilo remarked that he’d asked Ronaldo for his coveted squad number before revealing how “motivated and happy” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner appears at the Allianz Stadium.

“I spoke to him before coming here. I said to him that I wanted to take the number seven jersey, but it was already taken,” Danilo said.

“He spoke very highly of Juventus and to play with him will be an extra motivation. I found a very motivated and happy Ronaldo. He spoke about the club like a family and this was reassuring to me. It was great to hear such things.”

Danilo has also linked up with former Chelsea and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, who replaced the outgoing Max Allegri this summer.

And the 28-year-old has revealed the demands being placed upon the team by the Italian, saying he is already quite fond of Sarri’s style of play.

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“Sarri has a very particular style,” Danilo added. “He likes to command play. Napoli and Chelsea are two different teams who are difficult to face.

“I like his style of play very much and I am ready to learn and evolve every day. Sarri has asked me to be very attentive in the defensive phase of the game, and that I am free to express my potential.

“I don’t think I’ll have difficulty adapting to what he is asking for. I know that defending is very important in Italy, but I am 28 years old and open to learning anything that I need to become a better player.”

Juventus kick off their Serie A defence away to Parma on August 24th before a grudge match at home to Napoli a week later.

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