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Mellberg Explains Juve Move

Mellberg Explains Juve Move

Olof Mellberg has explained the reason for his free summer switch to Italian Giants, Juventus.

Speaking to the Evening Mail our former captain and bearded wonder explained that once the opportunity to move to Juve surfaced he couldn't in good conscious turn such a move down at this stage in his career.

'Sooner or later the time comes to leave all clubs and for me this is the right time. When the chance came to join Juventus I knew it would be the right choice.

'They are one of the more prestigious clubs in the world and they have watched me a lot, for Sweden and for Villa.

'I knew Claudio Ranieri from when I played in Spain and I am happy to have the opportunity to play Champions League football - it is something I could not turn down.'

Sounds like Juve have been circling for a while, but nobody can fault Mellberg's effort or desire for us. He's been one of our most consistent performers, and has done a solid job at right back for O'Neill this season.

It's still a shame to see him go, but even our all our wishes come true this season we will be in the UEFA Cup, and not the Champions League so as he enters the twilight of his top level career you would be hard pushed to criticised a last blast for the highest success. He has a chance to achieve that with Juve, he wouldn't with us for another couple of years.



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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday February 28 2008
Time: 4:49PM

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I dont think anyone can fault Olly for going to a team like juve at this stage hes been a villa legend gave us his heart and soul when we were struggling never made a stink so im wishing him luck and hope he has a good finish to his career
villan416
28/02/2008 17:18:00
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I will be supporting Juve in the CL next season. Good luck Olly.
Adam Deuce
28/02/2008 18:33:00
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I wish him all the very best but wouldn't it be wonderful Villa and Juve meeting in the CL next season - I know it's a dream but what the hell it could just happen.
pongo wearing
28/02/2008 20:33:00
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i will be supporting Birmingham as a relegation candidate this sea- oops. Goodbye Olly. Will be following Juves progress now!
Gruck
29/02/2008 03:49:00
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He has a first class attitude and has been totally open and honest with the fans. Top man. You wonder whether a team like Newcastle should have got him when they had the chance, clueless.
tarzan
29/02/2008 04:45:00
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Maybe we will see him in the champions league next season? lol
adamavfc
29/02/2008 13:05:00
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Certainly cant criticise him for his time at Villa Park, he was there through the dark days of the clubs recent history. And I suspect he has a nice payday to go with it. I just hope the receives a massive send off at the Wigan game.
col8
01/03/2008 08:27:00
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Doesn't have to explain anything to me. He owes us nothing. Good luck to him. He will be missed.
glensider
02/03/2008 03:47:00
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You're right Col. he could have walked at any time during the dark days, and no one would have blamed him.
glensider
03/03/2008 23:15:00
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