Eboue: I turned down Juventus

The Cote d'Ivoire international says that the Serie A champions attempted to lure him to Turin two-and-a-half years ago

Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue has claimed that he turned down the chance to join Juventus when he left Arsenal in the summer of 2011.

The Ivory Coast international opted to move to Istanbul after falling out of favour at the Emirates but has revealed that he could easily have ended up in Italy.

The 30-year-old Eboue told TRT Spor: "When I left Arsenal in 2011 many teams were after me.

"Fiorentina, Roma and Juventus were all interested in signing me, but I chose to join Galatasaray.

"I'm delighted with my choice back then because I've been received so well here."

Eboue has made 13 apperances in the Super Lig this season for Roberto Mancini's side, who are four points behind leaders Fenerbahce, and has also played his part in guiding the Turkish club into the last 16 of the Champions League.