Osvaldo targets World Cup spot after clinching Juventus loan

Dani Osvaldo has joined Juventus on an initial loan deal for the rest of the season, and has set his sights on the World Cup Finals this summer.

Southampton paid a club record fee in the region of £15million to take the striker from Roma ahead of the current season, but his spell in England has been nothing short of a disaster. Osvaldo was involved in a touchline brawl in the match with Newcastle United in December, yet worse was to follow when he had a bust-up with team-mate Jose Fonte.

Following that training ground incident earlier this month, Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino suspended the 28-year-old a suspension and vowed not to pick him again. This ultimately cleared the path for the player to leave St Mary’s during the January window, and he has landed a dream move to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Bianconeri will take him for the rest of the season, paying his wages in full, and they have also agreed terms to take him on a permanent basis if they so desire. Needless to say, Osvaldo, who scored just three goal in 13 Premier League outings, is delighted with the move and has set his sights on appearing in the World Cup this summer.

“I’m really happy,” the Italian told the official Juve website. “Everything happened in quick time. Sure, I’ve been pleased. When everything had been concluded yesterday, I didn’t believe it. These have been three incredible days, but I’m happy. In summer when I left, I was happy. Now I want to enjoy this moment because I’ve arrived at a top Italian side, in the year of the World Cup. I want to do my best to make the World Cup.”


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