Jorge Martinez explains he turned down a move to Lazio because “Juventus have more prestige and I dreamed of a club like this.”
The Catania winger had already agreed the transfer to Rome when Juve intervened and he changed his mind.
“In these first few days at Juventus I got a great impression of the place, as I am aware that I have joined a very prestigious side,” he said in his presentation Press conference.
“I dreamed of a club like this. I also thank Lazio, who followed me for a long time, but I chose Juventus for their prestige. The whole world knows of the Bianconeri.”
The Uruguayan can take on a number of roles in Gigi Del Neri’s 4-4-2 system.
“I like playing wide right and played there for Catania as well. I don’t know what position I will have here, but I am ready to sacrifice myself for the team in any area of the pitch.
“I am a player who loves to have the ball at his feet and run at opponents. Every now and then I hold on to it for too long, but when you reach this level it means working on your limitations.
“Off the ball I am capable of going all the way up and down the flank, even marking players.
“It’s true that I was born to put crosses into the box, but I think when you have teammates like Alessandro Del Piero, Amauri and Diego, it’s best to play the ball to feet.”
Martinez was in the preliminary squad for the World Cup, but dropped from the final 23-man list and is cheering on his countrymen in the semi-finals.
“It was a technical choice by Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez, not due to an injury. Admittedly I was a little upset when I first found out, but I am still very happy for the great World Cup that my teammates are having.
“This is a wonderful group of humble players who deserve this success. I hope to see them in the Final.”