Emre Can has revealed he ‘never had problems’ with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the German was officially unveiled as a Juventus player on Monday.
The midfielder signed a four-year deal worth £135,000-a-week with the Serie A giants after his contract with Liverpool expired on July 1.
Can moved to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and made 167 appearances for the club, the last of which came in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.
The Reds had attempted to persuade Can to remain at the club but it soon became apparent he wanted to leave. Despite moving, the 24-year-old insisted he never fell out with Klopp and claimed the ‘project’ in Turin was key to him moving.
‘I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp. I had a very good relationship with him,’ Can said in a press-conference on Monday.
‘At the end he wished me all the best here. I never had problems with Klopp.
‘I know the mentality of this club well, there’s a winning mentality and it’s my mentality, I’m here to win titles.
‘I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.’
Can also revealed that the chance to follow in the footsteps of one of his boyhood idols was too good to be missed.
‘I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too,’ he added.
‘My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I’d play for Juventus. Now I am here and it’s a cool story.
‘The club had good contact with my agent for many years. I just know how huge the club is and the mentality of the club – they want to win titles. That’s my mentality too. I came here to win titles.
‘I think the first target has to be to win Serie A and then comes the Champions League. That has to be our aim. I am here to help the team.’