Transfer news

Juventus sign Ecuador youngster on loan

January 25, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Ecuadorian youngster Jose Francisco Cevallos Jr has signed for Juventus on loan for the rest of the season and will link up with the club later this month.

Jose Francisco Cevallos
GettyImagesJose Francisco Cevallos Sr was a professional footballer himself

The midfielder, who only turned 18 last week, has scored nine goals in 45 top-flight appearances for LDU Quito and is currently representing his country at the South America Under-20 tournament.

Cevallos’ club confirmed on Thursday that he will join the Bianconeri on loan for the remainder of the European season once the Under-20 competition ends, while the player himself is confident he can challenge for a first-team place, despite facing strong competition.

"I am very happy and very proud that after weeks and months of negotiations, the transfer has gone through," he told Ecuador TV. "I have already signed the contract. As soon as this tournament ends, I will go straight to Turin. I’ll fight to earn my place and I am certain with God’s grace it will go well."

Cevallos' father - Jose Francisco Sr - is himself a former international goalkeeper and faced Italy in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup.

"In the 2002 World Cup, Gigi Buffon exchanged shirts with my father," Cevallos added. "If I get the chance, I’ll ask him if he remembers that."

It appears likely that the player will form part of the Juventus youth team which will head to a prestigious tournament at Viareggio next month.