Juventus winger Riccardo Orsolini has explained the reason why he joined the Bianconeri, instead of Napoli or Chelsea in the January transfer window.
The 20 year old was reportedly a transfer target for the Blues, with manager Antonio Conte said to be keen to snap up the midfielder, but the Italian Under 20 international made the £5m switch from Ascoli to Turin instead.
When asked about the opportunity to move to the Premier League or to Naples, Orsolini told Tuttosport (quotes via Calciomercato.com) that he was persuaded by Juve’s project to develop young players:
“Napoli and Chelsea on my trail? In January there was talk so much about me, but with may agent Di Campli, I chose Juve, after talking with the manager; they have an important project with young players.”
Orsolini stayed on loan at Ascoli until the end of the season and performed well playing in the second tier of Italian football. He scored eight goals and provided six assists in 41 Serie B appearances, and will no doubt be hopeful of some first team opportunities when he joins up with his new team mates at the start of pre-season.