Demiral hails ‘idols’ Chiellini and Bonucci

first_imgMerih Demiral wants to live up to the example of his idol Giorgio Chiellini during the early stages of his Juventus career.Turkey international Demiral joined Juve from Sassuolo in an €18 million (£16.43 million/$20 million) deal last month – the centre-back having impressed following his move to Serie A from Alanyaspor midway through the 2018-19 season.The 21-year-old’s style has been compared to former Juventus and Uruguay favourite Paolo Montero, who played 406 games in Serie A for Juve and Atalanta while earning 61 total caps for his national team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, despite arguably posing a threat to the club’s much-vaunted old-guard at the back along with standout close-season recruit Matthijs de Ligt, Demiral insists he need only look to the likes of Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for inspiration.”To be compared to Montero is an honour for me,” he said on Tuesday.”I hope to be able to show the fans that I’m a strong defender and live up to that expectation. My real idols are the players that I’m playing with now, like Chiellini.”Chiellini and Bonucci have been helping me a lot to settle in here as well as the other players, I hope to learn a lot from them.”[Head coach Maurizio] Sarri looks over the defensive side of play personally and this allows me to train in the best possible way and work on my weaknesses.”#WelcomeMerih — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 20, 2019 Demiral is the first Turkish player to sign for Juve, something he described as an “absolute honour”, although he is grateful for the presence of Emre Can in Turin – the Germany midfielder of Turkish descent having helped him adjust to new surroundings.”Emre Can is helping me a lot to settle in both on and off the pitch and I’d like to thank him publicly for that,” he added.Juventus, who won the club’s eighth consecutive Serie A title last campaign, are set to open the domestic season against Parma on Saturday.After that, the club will turn its focus towards a marquee matchup in the second week as Juve will host Napoli in a clash of two of Italy’s best teams.last_img