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Former Dutch forward expects the winger to excel in Serie A after swapping from the Bundesliga in a multi-million Euro move

Former AC Milan great Marco Van Basten believes Netherlands international Eljero Elia is destined to shine at Juventus.

The 24-year-old winger is currently on international duty as the Netherlands prepare for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland on Tuesday.

Elia joined Juventus on transfer deadline day last week in a €9 million move, four-year deal, from German outfit Hamburg.

And Van Basten, who knows Italian football well following a glittering career at San Siro, believes the Dutchman will offer plenty of options for coach Antonio Conte.

"Elia is a fast player and very good at dribbling," Van Basten is quoted as saying on La Repubblica.

"He is great in one-on-one situations and he usually beats his markers.

"Elia can make a difference, but he must be given the freedom to invent the play."

Juventus paid an initial €9m for Elia, but this figure could rise to €10m depending on performance-related variables.


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