With the confirmation yesterday of a proper timeline for the resumption of football in Italy, Juventus players have been speaking about the coronavirus-enforced quarantine, the subsequent lockdown and getting back to action.
In his first season with the Bianconeri, Aaron Ramsey has not necessarily impressed, continuing his trend of missing games with injuries from his Arsenal days. Having featured just 24 games across all competitions, the Welshman told Sky Sports Italia (via Football Italia) that he’s ready to get back to the pitch.
“I feel very good. We’re back out on the pitch and it’s been great. Italy triggered the lockdown early, so I decided to stay here. Quarantine wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy to stay indoors but luckily I was with my family, which I usually can’t do when we’re playing.
“I’m happy about the season restarting. I think that, overall, Italy has tried to respond to the pandemic the best it can. I believe that all the steps taken have been the right ones and now everything is getting back to normal.
“It’s also only fair that we start again. We’re happy to restart, following the safety protocols, and we’re looking forward to starting again behind closed doors and without fans.
“We’ll think about ending the season and then we’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, another midfielder who has come in for criticism is insisting that he is also ready to play again entering the last season of his contract with Juve. Sami Khedira has struggled to replicate his form of previous seasons and played just 17 times so far this campaign. He’s also been linked with multiple transfer rumours, but dismissed that talk.
Speaking on Instagram (via Football Italia), the 33-year-old said -
“I have a contract until 2021, I’m feel good in Italy and at Juventus. I play for a very strong team and I’m hungry to win.
“Now, I’m well physically and I want to win many trophies here. I don’t see why I should change team or try a different challenge.”