Portanova: ‘Pirlo crucial for Juventus stay’

Juventus midfielder Manolo Portanova hopes to win the Scudetto with the Old Lady and reveals Andrea Pirlo has been crucial for his stay at the club.

Portanova, the son of former Serie A defender Daniele Portanova, made his senior Juventus debut under Maurizio Sarri last season but Andrea Pirlo included him permanently into the Bianconeri’s first team in the current campaign.

“Being coached by Pirlo is special,” the 20-year-old told Rai Sport.

“He was a strong player and he has great ideas even as a coach, in a few months you will see his real Juve.

“It’s thrilling to live the season with the first team. I hope to win the Scudetto and score some goals,” he added.

Portanova, who came through the academies of Lazio and Juventus, could have left the Old Lady in the summer.

“I stayed at Juve because I had a constant dialogue with the club and with the coach, from whom I feel considered,” he revealed.

“I hope there will be other opportunities to start a game as it happened in Crotone. I was told I would play from the beginning three days before the game. What a joy it was.”


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