Giacomo Bonaventura admits he was a Juventus fan as a child, but warns that today his team Atalanta are “giant-killers.”
The midfielder, affectionately known as Jack, has become a key figure in the Orobici side.
“As a child I was a Juventus fan, because they won so many trophies and had Alessandro Del Piero, who was just the best,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.
“I loved Number 10 players and Del Piero was always my idol. However, since I have been in Bergamo, my heart is only for Atalanta.”
Bonaventura also worked with current Juve Coach Antonio Conte when they were at Atalanta together.
“I remain very fond of Conte and he taught me so much. I think Atalanta let a great Coach go and the results confirm that. Unfortunately there were circumstances here that prompted the divorce, but there are few as good as him at reading the game.
“Juventus are in great shape and we’ll only get a result if we play at 100 per cent. We have always put in great performances against the big clubs and I am convinced it’ll happen in Turin too. We’ve got a bit of a reputation as giant-killers.”
Bonaventura has been linked with an Italy call-up to Cesare Prandelli’s side.
“My objective is to do well with Atalanta then, if I do get to play for Italy, it’ll be an honour. I’m not thinking about that now.
“As for joining a top club, there’s no denying everyone aspires to go as far as possible in their profession. If one day I become too strong for Atalanta, then someone will come looking for me, but right now I belong here.”
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