Juventus signing Mellberg: Right time to leave Aston Villa

Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg says it is the right time for him to leave Villa Park.

Mellberg is joining Juventus on a Bosman in the summer and he told the Sunday Mirror: "Sooner or later you have to leave any club and I felt it could be the right time for me. Then this chance to go to Juventus came up and I knew it was right.

"It's one of the biggest clubs in the world. They had watched me for a while in internationals and with Villa.

"I know Claudio Ranieri from my time in Spain before I came to Villa, and I know he wanted to sign me for Chelsea when I moved to England, so that was a factor.

"To join such a massive club and to play in the Champions League was just too good an opportunity for me to turn down."

Mellberg added: "I explained my reasons to the manager and how I felt about everything and he explained everything to me without even talking about money.

"Maybe that's why there has not been a problem because I think that is often a really big issue that causes friction with the club and with the fans too.

"Yes, you hear fans singing, 'One greedy *****' at other players but that was never an issue with me and I'm glad about that. I hope Villa's fans understand it too."

What was an issue was having to play right-back all season. Mellberg admitted: "It wasn't a major factor because there were a lot of things that made up my decision."

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