Iturbe: There was no Juventus contact

The Argentina Under-20 international played down suggestions he came close to joining Roma's Serie A rivals and says he hopes to learn from club legend Francesco Totti
New Roma signing Juan Iturbe has insisted there was never any chance of him joining Juventus, despite strong rumours suggesting otherwise.

Before Antonio Conte's resignation, the Bianconeri were believed to be leading the race for his signature but Hellas Verona eventually sold the Argentina Under-20 international to the Stadio Olimpico side for €22 million.

"To be honest, I was on vacation with my family," Iturbe said at his Roma presentation on Friday when asked about the Juve speculation.

"I did not know anything about the market, I came back three days ago, my agent told me there was this possibility and we signed. It was not easy to negotiate with Verona but Roma made a big push in the market.

"But I knew nothing about potentially joining Juventus."

Iturbe also stated his desire to learn from Francesco Totti in order to help Roma challenge for the Scudetto again next term and believes that Rudi Garcia's men can go one better than second place this campaign.

"I have to train in order to find a space in a competitive team," the 21-year-old added. "I am here to learn. I'm still a young player but I think that with Rudi Garcia I will learn so many things I currently lack.

"Playing alongside Totti, who is an emblem here in Rome and is the most important player, is nice. I want to learn much from him, as I have done playing close to Luca Toni at Verona.

"All teams want to win the league, we are a competitive team, we will always push forward and we hope to have a good season."

Iturbe was a regular for Verona last term, scoring eight times in 33 Serie A games, as they finished 10th.

He joins new recruits such as Ashley Cole and Salih Ucan at Roma.