Italian Serie A

Elia joins Juventus

August 31, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Juventus have completed the signing of Netherlands international Eljero Elia in a €9 million deal from Hamburg.

Eljero Elia
GettyImagesEljero Elia: Delighted to have joined "the biggest club in Italy"

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Elia, 24, has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A side and will add blistering pace on the flank at Juventus.

"I know a lot about Juventus," Elia said on the club's official website. "This is the biggest club in Italy. For me it was very important that the coach [Antonio Conte] wanted me in making this decision."

Elia had been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Liverpool among the clubs reportedly keen, but instead opted to become the third Dutchman to play for Juve.

"I hope I can do as well as them," said Elia, who follows in the footsteps of Edgar Davids and Edwin van der Sar. "I want to show what I can do. I know I can bring speed and skill to Juventus, and I hope to score a lot of goals."