Juventus have completed the signing of Poland international and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, according to reports.
The 26-year-old shot-stopper put pen to paper on a four-year deal that is worth €12.2 million plus another possible €3.1 million in bonuses.
Szczesny is a graduate of Arsenal’s academy but despite being highly rated, he’s future was destined away from the Emirates. He joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw in 2006 and was handed his Arsenal debut in the Carling Cup third round against West Bromwich Albion in 2009, where he kept a clean sheet.
He grew to become Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper until 2015 when he lost his place to David Ospina after he was caught smoking in the dressing room. He was sent on loan to Roma, where he spent two seasons and so, he’s currently in a familiar League.
Szczesny pulled off so many stunning stops, blocks and finger-tip acrobatics for Roma last season and it saved them 87 League points and 2nd place in the Seria A. He will now understudy the legendary Gianliugi Buffon before taking over his gloves for the Old Lady after the upcoming season.
The Polish star seem delighted to play second fiddle to Buffon and he revealed that the decision to make the move was not difficult given the presence of Buffon.
“I’m really happy to be here,” the Poland international said. “I’ve already spoken to Gianluigi Buffon, a legend in our game, and I can learn a lot from him.
“I’m not feeling any pressure, I’m here to represent the club at the highest level. When you come to Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I had no hesitation.
“In football there’s always room for improvement. I’m proud of the work I’ve done thus far and I’m ready for this new challenge – Juventus is the best choice for the next stage of my career.”
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