Candreva happy to stay with Udinese

Antonio Candreva says he's happy to stay with Udinese this season. The midfielder has had previous loan spells at Livorno and Juventus with mixed results.

Antonio Candreva says he's happy to stay with Udinese this season.

The midfielder has had previous loan spells at Livorno and Juventus with mixed results.

“Playing for Juventus was a unique experience, especially as I’d only played in Serie A for six months with Livorno,” he confessed.

“I grew up in Turin, as playing alongside great champions allowed me to learn so much. I am not disappointed at the fact they didn’t take up their option.”

Although Candreva has been owned by Udinese since 2007, he has not really played for the Friulani at all until now.

“I am returning to the club that appreciated me three years ago and bought out my contract. It is a starting point. My objective is to do well for the team first of all, then on an individual level.

“Up until now I have played in more or less every midfield position. At Livorno for six months I was a trequartista, then with the change in management on the wing.

“I also changed position repeatedly at Juventus. I probably give my best when placed behind the strikers. It’s a role I like and know how to excel in. It wouldn’t be a problem to play elsewhere, though.”