Italian looking towards future back in Serie A...Juventus midfielder Alberto Aquilani has revealed that he had the opportunity to stay with Liverpool, but now that he has left Anfield his focus is to remain in Turin for the long haul.
Aquilani is currently on loan with Juve, who have the right to make that a permanent move at the end of the agreement - a scenario that is quietly welcomed by the Italian.
"It was very quick, a blitz... One day I spoke to [Roy] Hodgson and we discussed the season at Liverpool, three days later I was having a medical in Turin," Aquilani told Tuttosport about the speed of his move.
"Liverpool were relying on me, and deep down I would have stayed because I overcame my physical problems and the fans were very affectionate towards me.
"But then this chance came and I did not think twice about it. Liverpool only wanted to give me away on loan, but [Giuseppe] Marotta insisted on the buy option."
And the Rome native is ready to hang tough in Turin and give access to a long future there.
"I would like to, but everything depends on this season as I am on loan," he noted.
"We will see, I have hope because I came here with the intent to make it a permanent stay, but to be honest I am thinking about Sunday's game against Sampdoria, not where I will be in years to come."
Juventus struggled to get their campaign off to a flying start, crashing to an opening day loss to Bari.
But belief and confidence has not rubbed off at Vinovo as the sound of enthusiasm resonates.
"I don't like to speak beforehand and make claims, but I like to win. It's an important season for me and Juventus," he said.
"There will be difficult moments, but we need to confront them. But there is potential to do well. We have a will to win."