Kevin-Prince Boateng says Italian champions Juventus should be applauded if they succeed in bringing another star name to Serie A
Kevin-Prince Boateng was officially presented as a Sassuolo player on Friday afternoon.
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly close to agreeing a switch to Juventus, but Sassuolo completed a major transfer coup of their own in signing Boateng from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Boateng joked that the Portuguese forward would therefore become the second big move into Serie A this summer — after him.
“You tell me whether it’s a joke or not, but for me, I’m serious [that Ronaldo would be one of two big transfers],” he said at a news conference in Sassuolo. “It would be very, very important for Italian football if he really did come, and Juve should be applauded if they manage [to get him].”
Boateng could give Ronaldo plenty of arguments for moving to Italy as he admits living in Il Bel Paese was his motivation behind returning for a third spell in Serie A after two previous stints at AC Milan.
“I feel at home in Italy, and this was the chance to move to a place near Milan, where my family also is,” he said. “I was able to leave Germany in a really positive way, as a [cup] winner, so it was the right way and the right moment to close the door behind me and open a new one.
“I was told the food is so great here too. Every single person I spoke with, when I said I might perhaps be moving to Modena, told me how great the food is, so much so that I had to say ‘I’m here to play football, not to open a restaurant!'”