Over the past six days, two very important things have happened in Mattia Perin’s life.
The first, was something that’s been planned for months, with Perin getting the chance to say his wedding vows and get married, an event where a few Juventus players were in attendance. The second of those two major things might have been cooking for a while, but it only really became public right before the new year.
That, of course, is what was reported by pretty much all of Italy’s major media outlets — a return to Genoa, the place where Perin made his name as one of the country’s best young goalkeepers.
On Thursday, it became official.
Both Juventus and Genoa announced that the 27-year-old (and newly-married) Perin has moved to his former club on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season as he looks to get his career back on track after an injury-filled 2019 calendar year. While neither team directly mentioned it in their respective announcements, it is believed that there is no option to buy worked into the deal after initial reports suggested that Genoa will have an option to make Perin’s move back to the Luigi Ferraris permanent.
An interesting note in how Juventus worded the post about Perin’s loan deal, though: “Thank you and farewell!” is how the announcement ended — which isn’t exactly you might word something if you expected a player to come back at the end of a six-month loan spell. So while there might not be an option to buy worked into this deal, there could very well more business between Juve and Genoa regarding Perin over the summer.
Eighteen months is how long Perin’s tenure with Juventus lasted. He arrived looking to both challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 spot in goal following Gigi Buffon’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain and try to make an impact in the Champions League. As it turned out, Szczesny stranglehold on the starting goalkeeper position on got tighter and tighter as the 2018-19 season went on, and Perin was limited to all of nine Serie A starts before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and undergoing surgery.
Then, once Buffon came back this past July, Perin’s fate was sealed. A move to Benfica over the summer fell apart due to medical issues, meaning Perin pretty much just stayed in Turin to rehab — and be called up a few times due to injuries — during the first half of the current season ahead of what was another opportunity to go elsewhere in January.
That arrived. And it just so happens to be at a place he knows pretty damn well already.
Perin, always the classy fella regardless of what the situation was and how things were going during his time in Turin, posted the following message on Monday following the completion of his medical exams in Genoa:
“I am leaving one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe after a season of fundamental importance in my apprenticeship. I was in direct contact with champions of great technical and moral qualities that few can compare to, from whom I learned above all what it means the feel ‘the need to win.’ Juventus is a state of mind, my first Scudetto, a training ground for life, of rigor, an opportunity I could not let get away. Many asked me after such a season if I regretted making my decision… NEVER, I NEVER THOUGHT THAT! I don’t know what will happen in future, I have to concentrate now on a complex and fascinating adventure, but I hope, if I were to return, to feel the same warmth and affection that you have given me over these last few hours. Thank you, Juventus!”
(Source: Football Italia)
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Lascio una delle squadre più blasonate d’Europa dopo una stagione di fondamentale importanza e di apprendistato. Sono stato a contatto con campioni dallo spessore tecnico e umano con pochi eguali, da cui ho imparato soprattutto cosa significhi ‘dover vincere’. La @juventus è uno stato mentale, il mio primo Scudetto, una palestra di vita, rigore, un’occasione che non potevo farmi sfuggire. In tanti mi avete chiesto se dopo una stagione simile avessi rimpianto la scelta fatta una stagione fa…MAI, MAI PENSATO! Non so cosa succederà in futuro, devo concentrarmi adesso su una affascinate complessa avventura ma spero, se mai dovessi tornare, di sentire lo stesso calore e l’affetto che mi avete regalato in queste ore e che hanno accompagnato serenamente questa mia scelta. Grazie @juventus