New Juventus defender Tiago Djaló is looking forward to playing for the Bianconeri: “I’m ready, I work hard.” The versatile 23-year-old, whose contract in France expired in June 2024, expressed his joy at joining the Bianconeri and shed light on his recovery from a knee injury, as well as the influence of teammate Timothy Weah.
Djaló, who has been sidelined since March 2023 due to a cruciate ligament injury, expressed his enthusiasm about the transfer, saying, “Juventus are a huge team, a top side with many talented players. I feel great, and it’s a huge day for me.” The move was finalized for a fee of €3.5 million plus add-ons, showcasing Juventus’ commitment to securing the promising defender’s signature.
Addressing concerns about his injury, Djaló reassured fans, stating, “I’m ready, I work hard. It’s a matter of opportunities. I feel good, the knee is doing well. As I said, it’s a matter of playing. I feel good, I train well every day, and I am happy to be here.” The 23-year-old is poised to make a strong comeback to action soon, providing a boost to Juventus’ defensive lineup.
Having previously been part of Milan’s youth sector before moving to Lille in 2019, Djaló brings a wealth of experience to Juventus. He had played alongside current Juventus winger Timothy Weah during their time in France, and Weah’s positive influence played a pivotal role in Djaló’s decision to join the Old Lady. Djaló confirmed:
“Yes, he called me and said good things about the team. He said that I could do a lot for the team. He has helped me and been important to me.”
Reflecting on the differences between French and Italian football, Djaló noted, “Here it is more tactical, and I think this is really good for me because the style of play in France is different.” His adaptability and versatility make him a valuable addition to Juventus, particularly under the strategic approach of Italian football.
In concluding his remarks, the new Bianconeri signing had a heartfelt message for the fans, stating, “I’ll give everything for you. I am thrilled to be here. See you soon.” As Djaló prepares to don the iconic black and white jersey, Juventus supporters can look forward to the prospect of a resilient defender making a significant impact on the pitch.