Sweden international Dejan Kulusevski looks forward to starring with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala at Juventus: “I’m on the right track. First, I want to finish well at Parma.”
The former Atalanta man signed with Juventus this January, but was immediately loaned back to Parma, where he had spent the first half of the season.
The 20-year-old is eager to measure his own ability against the best in Serie A, as he is preparing for his future as a Bianconero.
“I’m on the right track, I feel stronger every day and ready to face new challenges,” Kulusevski told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m attracted to the idea of testing myself against the best.
“I go there to learn; I can’t wait to link up with Dybala and his magical left foot. In any case, I now know how to play in multiple positions, and I plan to claim my place in Turin too.”
Kulusevski was welcomed by Ronaldo when he arrived at the Allianz Stadium and revealed coach Maurizio Sarri was influential.
“What a thrill that day at the Stadium, a unique atmosphere! And CR7 told me: ‘Welcome Dejan, how are you?’.
“[Gianluigi] Buffon and [Giorgio] Chiellini were nice to me too. An immense joy for a boy who had only seen them on TV.
“I hope we go far in every competition and above all that we will win the Champions League.
“[Sarri] was nice. He put me at ease. I knew his Chelsea and his style of play. That’s also why I chose to play for the Bianconeri. With [Inter coach Antonio] Conte, the movements are different, the tactical set-up. That was why I was in doubt.”
Kulusevski has leapt from the academy to earn a starting position at Parma this term, but admitted it wasn’t just plain sailing.
“After the defeat against Cagliari, I was angry. I had played well and for the first time I felt calm on the pitch.
“I felt like I used to in the youth team. I finally felt that I could play in Serie A. [Against Inter] I was serene in my appearance, but at half-time I threw up due to the stress. It was an unforgettable 2-2 draw.”
Kulusevski remains focused on the job ahead, as he can’t start packing just yet. The campaign has not been concluded and could start again in June, with Parma ninth in the League and only four points behind Napoli at sixth.
“In the summer, when director [Daniele] Faggiano and [Coach Roberto] Mr. D’Aversa offered me this opportunity, they showed great confidence in me and it was an extraordinary season for me.
“So, I want to finish the season well. I want to do my part for this ending. I don’t think about my own goals, the important thing is to win all the games. I want to use them to grow every day.”
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