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The star could have rocked Stamford Bridge had it not been for the enthusiasm shown by those behind the scenes in Turin.
Recent Juventus debutant Radu Dragusin was being courted by Chelsea before the young central defender left Romania, but the player’s agent says he made the right decision for his career by moving on to the Serie A champions.
Dragusin made his first senior category appearance on Wednesday, replacing Merih Demiral after 69 minutes when the Bianconeri beat Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the group stage of the Champions League.
The 18-year-old is clearly highly valued by head coach Andrea Pirlo and could make Frank Lampard’s Chelsea feel ashamed for years to come after failing to match Juve’s enthusiasm in engaging in talks with Representative Florin Manea.
“I was in England, I have offices there and my brother was in Romania watching the players,” Manea explained to TMW when asked how the transfer occurred. “I am a friend of the Juventus scouts and they ask me for recommendations … I had not been able to introduce them to anyone for five years.
“My brother called me and told me I was a good boy [in Romania] and sent him to see with his own eyes. He confirmed my initial impression by telling me that he is a star, so I quickly informed Juventus.
“After about an hour, Matteo Tognozzi, the Juventus scout, called me: Radu impressed everyone. Other teams were interested as well, but the Bianconeri really wanted it. He asked me, ‘Where can I become a great central defender?’ Chelsea wanted him too, but that’s why they chose Juventus.
“From there he lowered his head. Work, sweat, nutrition, he is a true professional. He arrives two hours before everyone else and works out in the gym; then he has an athlete like Cristiano Ronaldo as a role model.
“Then there are others, too, like Bonucci, Chiellini … everyone has impressed him. Training session after training session he tries to improve on his teammates. He’s very absorbing, he’s self-critical and he’s always trying to improve. “
When asked if Dragusin could be pulled away from the Italian champions, with the youngster currently in a deal that expires at the end of the season, Manea was unequivocal.
“We never had the idea of leaving Juventus, signing a new contract will not be a problem. We see his future at Juventus,” he said, before adding: “Three years ago I was watching Ronaldo on television, now he plays with him. A sometimes dreams come true. “