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OFFICIAL: Diego Signs For Juventus

Juventus have finally captured Diego and, after months of battling for his signature, the Brazilian star has signed for the club officially.

A statement on the club's official website reads:

"Now it's official: Diego Ribas da Cunha is a Juventus player. The Brazilian talent has signed a five year contract which will tie him to the club until June 30, 2014."

Diego is delighted with the move and, before heading back to Germany for the German Cup Final on Saturday between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen, he stated,

"I am enthusiastic about Juventus and I am proud to be a part of this prestigious club which I have dreamed about since I was a child.

"After my experiences in the Bundesliga and in Portugal, I can test myself in Italy with football of the highest level.

"It's a difficult and competitive league. I think it's the right moment in my career to make this important step and I am convinced I can reach important objectives with Juventus."

The details of the deal are as follows. Juventus will pay Werder Bremen a total of €24.5million. The payments will be broken down into three instalments.

The Italians will make their first payment of €14m on July 1 2009, another €5.5m a year later, and a final €5m on July 1, 2011.

However, Juventus could end up paying Werder an extra €2.5m depending on Diego's achievements with the club over the next five years.

Carlo Garganese and Salvatore Landolina,