'Romanian Dragusin joined Juve because of Ronaldo'- says his agent

Fri 04 December 2020 | 16:22

The starlet could have moved to Stamford Bridge if it wasn't for the Portuguese superstar in Turin

Radu Dragusin

was under Chelsea's radar before the young center-back left Romania, but the player's agent says that he has made the right decision for his career by joining the

Serie A


Dragusin was handed his first senior appearance on Wednesday, replacing Merih Demiral after 69 minutes as the Old Lady thrashed Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 in the

Champions League

group stage fixture.

Andrea Pirlo thinks highly of the 18-year-old and this could leave Frank Lampard's


remorseful in years to come after failing to negotiate with the youngster's representative Florin Manea.

“I was in England, I have offices there, and my brother was in Romania watching players,” Manea explained to TMW when asked how the transfer came about. “I'm friends with Juventus scouts and they ask me for recommendations... I hadn't been able to introduce anyone to them for five years.

“My brother called me and told me there's a good boy [in Romania] and I sent him to see with his own eyes. He confirmed my initial impression by telling me he is a star so I quickly reported to Juventus.

“After about an hour, Matteo Tognozzi, Juventus' chief scout, called me: Radu impressed everyone. Other teams were interested too, but the Bianconeri really wanted him. He asked me, 'Where can I become a great central defender?'. Chelsea wanted him too, but that's why he chose Juventus.

“From there he got his head down. Work, sweat, nutrition, he's a real professional. He arrives two hours earlier than everyone and works out at the gym – then he has an athlete like

Cristiano Ronaldo

as a role model.

“Then there are others, too, like Bonucci, Chiellini... he's been impressed by everyone. Training session after training session he tries to improve from his team-mates. He absorbs a lot, he's self-critical and is always trying to improve.”, 

Manea was unambiguous to answer the question of whether Dragusin could move away from the Italian champions, with the youngster currently on a one year deal that expires at the end of the season.

“We've never had the idea of leaving Juventus, signing a new deal will not be a problem. We see his future at Juventus,” he said, before adding, “Three years ago he was watching Ronaldo on television, now he plays with him. Sometimes dreams come true.”

source: SportMob