Stefano Sturaro’s agent has confirmed that the Juventus midfielder will join Sporting CP, revealing that ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’s words were crucial’.
“Stefano’s going to Lisbon this morning. It’s a dry loan,” he told Tuttojuve.
“It’s true that we negotiated with Watford, as well as other English clubs, who looked at him, as did other Italian clubs. It was nice to see him so appreciated.
“After almost four years at Juventus, he needed to grow further as a player and playing means everything for someone like him.
“Confidence on the pitch allows you to be sure of yourself. His decision to go abroad was also one of growth for him as a man.
“It could’ve been England, Spain or Portugal. But he chose Sporting. Certainly Ronaldo’s words about Sporting and Portuguese football were crucial.”
Tuttosport, meanwhile, claims former Bianconeri boss Claudio Ranieri could soon follow the 25-year-old to the Lisbon side.