Fabio Cannavaro: I Didn’t Betray Juventus, I Rejected Manchester City & Bayern

The Italy captain has admitted that his return to the Old Lady is imminent and hopes the fans will be understanding.

Fabio Cannavaro's contract with Spanish champions Real Madrid is set to expire in June and the 35-year-old is said to be in negotiations to return to Juventus, the club he controversially left in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal in the summer of 2006.

“I have explained many times what happened in 2006 over the past years,” the Neapolitan defender insisted in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I understand that some would have expected different actions on my part, but the transfer to Real Madrid was agreed with the club. That’s why my rapport with the new directors and the old guard has been excellent during these years.

“I respect the supporters and their opinions, but I hope that things will fall back into place. I truly wish that.”

There were rumours that ‘Canna’ could have returned to hometown club Napoli and he was even associated with Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

“Napoli never approached me, the president did all on his own,” he explained. “He first said he didn’t want a 35-year-old and then apologised.

“There will be the World Cup next year and I want to stay relaxed. Real Madrid told me I should have waited until after the presidential election and advised me to look around.

“So I said to my agent to find a solution. I didn’t want to start from scratch with the World Cup around the corner, hence I turned down Manchester City and Bayern.”
Vince Masiello, Goal.com