It is fair to say Nicola Legrottaglie was not overly enamoured when he heard that Fabio Cannavaro was returning to Juventus, and he has reiterated how he felt threatened by the 2006 World Cup winner's arrival.
"Fabio needs no introduction," Legrottaglie told Libero.
"With him and [Giorgio] Chiellini, Juventus are playing with the national team's centre-backs. Did I feel threatened in my role? Well, yes, I would be a liar to deny that."
Asked whether he had considered his future at the club, the former Siena centre-back replied that it had crossed his mind.
"I will be honest, yes," he said. "But it was only an immediate thought. I mean, I said to myself, 'If Juve buy a player that essentially covers my position, that means they don't believe in me any more.'
"Maybe I would have left if I had received an offer."
Legrottaglie then weighed in to the Jose Mourinho - Marcello Lippi debate, in which the Portuguese tactician took offence to the national coach's prediction that Juventus will win the league.
"Lippi has expressed his impression from what he has seen this pre-season. The games in August have shown, in his opinion, Juventus are more competitive than Inter. So this is a prediction," the defender concluded.
Anthony Wright, Goal.com