'Buffon, Ronaldo inspired me to join Juve'

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Adrien Rabiot has spoken about the motivations behind his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus, claiming that legendary duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon inspired him to join the Bianconeri.

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Rabiot, 24, became the Serie A champions' third signing ahead of the 2019/20 season, following the arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Luca Pellegrini.

Upon being unveiled as a Juve player, Rabiot, who joined the club as a free agent, revealed the two players who inspired him to make the move to Turin.

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"Gianluigi Buffon spoke very highly of Juventus to me and his opinion counted a lot," Rabiot told reporters, as per Football Italia.

"On a personal level, I had many interactions with him. He told me many interesting things. He said that Juventus is the right place to move my career forward. A season here counts more than in other places.

"I have had the possibility to grow and play alongside world-class players. Certainly, to be able to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo impacted my decision.

"But I know that the whole changing room here is packed with world-class players and a positive spirit. Yesterday, I met Aaron Ramsey and in the next few days we will be able to get to know each other better.

"Juventus had contacted me in the past, and today the right moment arrived to come here. After seven years in Paris, I am ready to play in Serie A and I will do so with the same determination that I have always had.

"I haven't had the opportunity to talk to (Juventus manager Maurizio) Sarri yet, but everyone from Juve has left a great impression on me.

"Everything was finalised a little while ago, we found an agreement a bit in a rush. Juventus has a great history of many great French players and I hope to leave my mark too.

"Juventus is a great and very prestigious club with a great history. From what I have seen, they are a step away from being at the top in respect to PSG."