Serie A - Elia signs for Juventus

Wed, 31 Aug 09:34:00 2011

Juventus have confirmed the signing of Netherlands international winger Eljero Elia from Hamburg.

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Elia moves to Turin for an £8 million fee after signing a four-year contract.

"I know a lot about Juventus," Elia said on the club's official website. "This is the biggest club in Italy.

"For me it was very important that the coach [Antonio Conte] wanted me in making this decision."

The 24-year-old looks set to be the last of several significant arrivals at Juve this summer. The club has already brought in Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Mirko Vucinic among others.

Elia becomes only the third Dutchman to play for Juve. However his two predecessors, Edwin van der Sar and Edgar Davids, both enjoyed trophy-laden spells with the bianconeri.

"I hope I can do as well as them," said Elia. "I want to show what I can do.

"I know I can bring speed and skill to Juventus, and I hope to score a lot of goals."


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