Stefano Sturaro, who will officially join Juventus in the next few days, has admitted his sadness at playing his last game for Genoa.
The 21-year-old midfielder, a product of Genoa’s youth system, was interviewed by Sky Sport journalists just before the start of the match against Fiorentina on Saturday.
“I’m a bit sad,” admitted Sturaro when asked about his imminent departure. “To leave everyone here behind after so many years is a little painful for me. I will stay in touch with all my teammates and everyone here, they are my great friends.”
Sturaro was decisive in his last game for Genoa, taking the shot that despite being slightly off target, eventually deflected off the Fiorentina goalkeeper and into the back of the net. He was subbed off late in the game and received a warm ovation from Genoa fans, and was visibly emotional. After the game he reaffirmed his gratitude to Genoa, saying “I owe everything to president Preziosi, and to the youth sector of Genoa. At Juventus I want to learn everything I can from their great players, and lend them a hand if I can.”
For his part, Genoa president Enrico Preziosi had no such mixed feelings or melancholy over the departure of Sturaro, stating after the match that “when one of our players goes to a big club, we have won.”