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The agent of Juventus defender Radu Dragusin has claimed the Romanian defender chose Juventus over Chelsea because of Cristiano Ronaldo and a chance to become a great defender.
The 18 year old defender made his Juventus debut in December in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev and has made just one appearance for the Italian club since then.
His agent Florin Manea told TMW: ““I was in England, I have offices there, and my brother was in Romania watching players.
“I’m friends with Juventus scouts and they ask me for recommendations… I hadn’t been able to introduce anyone to them for five years.
“My brother called me and told me there’s a good boy [in Romania] and I sent him to see with his own eyes. He confirmed my initial impression by telling me he is a star so I quickly reported to Juventus.
“After about an hour, Matteo Tognozzi, Juventus’ chief scout, called me: Radu impressed everyone. Other teams were interested too, but the Bianconeri really wanted him. He asked me, ‘Where can I become a great central defender?’. Chelsea wanted him too, but that’s why he chose Juventus.
“From there he got his head down. Work, sweat, nutrition, he’s a real professional. He arrives two hours earlier than everyone and works out at the gym – then he has an athlete like Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model.
“Then there are others, too, like Bonucci, Chiellini… he’s been impressed by everyone. Training session after training session he tries to improve from his team-mates. He absorbs a lot, he’s self-critical and is always trying to improve.”
Quizzed on whether Dragusin could be prised away from the Italian champions, with the youngster currently on a deal that expires at the end of the season, Manea was unequivocal.
“We’ve never had the idea of leaving Juventus, signing a new deal will not be a problem. We see his future at Juventus,” he said, before adding, “Three years ago he was watching Ronaldo on television, now he plays with him. Sometimes dreams come true.”