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New Juventus signing Perin stunned by Ronaldo arrival

New Juventus signing Mattia Perin has welcomed the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in a €112m deal.

“The news really struck me, he's the best in the world," Perin said at his presentation Press conference.

“It means I can train with someone who has such great professionalism, even though there are many here, starting with [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Andrea] Barzagli.

“To learn from him will be a positive for us, for the players and also for Serie A which will be among the two or three best leagues in the world.

“Was I surprised? I wasn't expecting it, but rom a club like this it doesn't surprise me to sign such a great champion.

“I saw it as possible because Juventus is on a par with Real, Barcelona and Bayern, and if I had to say which of those was most probable it would be Juventus, and so it was.

“We know that a great champion is coming and we're happy."

Perin was also quizzed about his own move to Turin.

“I went through a long and tortuous path to join a great team. I'm at one of the top four or five teams in Europe, which is what I worked for, but I don't feel like I've arrived.

“Everyone thought I'd have chosen the easiest way but I like a challenge and I come here with the willingness to learn. The competition will be good for both myself and [Wojciech] Szczesny.

“I know that I'll start disadvantaged but the competition will be good for both of us. Szczesny played some great games and he deserves the chance to replace Gigi [Buffon].

“I'll work and give my best when I play, then beyond that the decisions aren't down to me.

“I spoke with three or four clubs but I think I made the best choice because the chance to go to Juventus only comes along once in a lifetime. I didn't think twice about it."

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