Alessandro Florenzi, Italy, PSG
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PSG sign Florenzi

Publish on 12/09/2020 at 11:16 - I. HOLYMAN

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Paris Saint-Germain have signed Italy international right-back Alessandro Florenzi from AS Roma as the Ligue 1 Uber Eats champions seek to reinforce their title-winning squad.

PSG made a clean sweep of France's domestic trophies last season and reached the UEFA Champions League final. However, they lost Belgium international full-back Thomas Meunier to Borussia Dortmund leaving them with Thilo Kehrer as Thomas Tuchel's sole experienced option on the right side of defence.

 

Florenzi, 29, who made over 200 Serie A appearances during an eight-year association with Roma  and has played 36 times for Italy, will fit in snugly, and cannot wait to help PSG pick up more silverware.

 

"I am very emotional, I am here with a huge desire to achieve great things, I will try to help the team to do as well as possible. It's the most important move of my career. I want to give my all here and to help the team achieve its objectives. Everything moved very quickly and everything has been full of emotions. I am very happy to be here," he told his new club's official website. 

 

"The collective objectives will be to help the team to win as often as possible, match after match. And my personal objectives, are to show the coach on a daily basis that I can earn a place for myself in the team."

 PSG kicked off their league title defence with a surprise 1-0 loss at newly promoted RC Lens on Thursday with a number of high-profile players, including Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Keylor Navas all missing following COVID-19 infections. 

 

Some of those players could return and Florenzi should be available for Sunday's Classique at home to Olympique de Marseille where the Italian hopes they will take a first positive step to even bigger and better things than their historic 2019-20 campaign.

 

"It's really very clear for everyone that Paris is one of the three or four biggest teams in the world. Last season, the team stepped up another level again, and the club continues to grow and make its place in the world," he explained.

 

"This year, you have to admit, everyone could see that they lost the Champions League by the smallest of margins. They did everything very well, but it came down to that little something. But next season, we will try to do even better."

 

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