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Official: Wojciech Szczesny Joins Juventus FC

Szczesny will be Buffon's backup at Juventus / Cyfrasport
Official: Wojciech Szczesny Joins Juventus FC

TURIN, Italy. July 19 (PSN) – Wojciech Szczesny has officially joined Juventus FC.

The Polish international signed with the Italian champions this week, as confirmed by the Turin club.

Szczesny joins the Turin club from Arsenal FC for a fee of €12.2 million.

The 27-year-old, who spent the last two seasons on loan at AS Roma, signed a four-year contract for the Bianconeri on Wednesday. At his new club he will be expected to be understudy to Italy No. 1 Gianlugi Buffon in the coming season.

Buffon is still planning on playing one more season before deciding on hanging his boots up. The 39-year-old still wishes to perform for his country in the next FIFA World Cup in Russia before officially retiring. Until then, the Pole will take up the role of his backup and learn from the Italian great.

“I am very happy to be a player of such a club,” Szczesny said at the press conference.

“I had the opportunity to talk to Gigi Buffon and I’m sure I can learn a lot from him. He is a leader not only on the field, but also off of it. The transfer to Juventus was the best choice that could wish for. I’m ready to take on this challenge. I’m 27 and I want to win, so I came to Juve,” he added.

At Juventus, the former Arsenal goalkeeper will play with the number 23 shirt.

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