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On Monday, Douglas Costa was introduced as a Juventus player for the first time, holding a press conference at the stadium. Here’s what he had to say.

“Juve are a great team and I’ve always loved watching them play,” the Brazilian told reporters. “Their game is of the highest level game and when I got the chance to be part of it, I could not miss the opportunity.”

“I like the Italian championship very much. It’s a strong league, perfect even. I’m very quick and I hope to settle in quickly too because it’s a physical league, where there are several contacts per match and I will need to adapt quickly.”

“At Shakhtar I played on the right while at Bayern I was on the other side. I still don’t know what my position here will be, but there will be no problems. This team is made to win, has twice reached the Champions League final and I think I’ve come to the right place at the right time.

“Problems with Ancelotti? No, he’s a good person, it’s all the same. I’m thinking about myself, I want to develop and I didn’t have these possibilities at Bayern anymore. I’m very grateful to them.”

Costa was then asked if he had spoken to his friend Alex Sandro or former Bayern team-mate Arturo Vidal about what to expect once he joined the Bianconeri.

“Arturo is a great friend to me, he explained that Juve are a great and how much they are followed by fans all over the world. I hope they will love me like they loved him!

“I’ve also talked to Mister Allegri, who spoke to me before I signed my contract. He welcomed me, as have the whole team. It’ll take a while for me to develop an affinity with everyone and the environment here, but I’ve already been given some advice and I hope to come in handy right away.

“[Gonzalo] Higuain is a phenomenal striker and I think we can score a lot of goals together! Can Higuain score 40 goals with me? Of course, he’s an attacker that I really like.

“There’s a lot of potential to score a lot of goals with him, just like there was with Luiz Adriano. That’s something else I can do here.

“Leonardo Bonucci’s move to Milan? I know that he’s an important player, he was here for seven years. I’m not in a position to evaluate this transfer. He’s left Juve and I’ve left Bayern, the Coach will decide where to play us.

“The Champions League? It’s a great thing for me. I’ve never won it, but I think I can help Juve get on top. Prove to Bayern that they were wrong? No, I don’t have to prove anything to them. I just want to show that Juve have done well to believe in me.”

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