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Juventus sign Anelka on short-term deal: Club

Published on Jan 27, 2013 6:03 AM
 
In a file picture taken on February 21, 2012, French striker Nicolas Anelka warms up before his team Shanghai Shenhua plays in a friendly match against Hunan Xiangtao at their training ground in Shanghai. Juventus have announced on January 26, 2013 the signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract, according to club president Beppe Moratta. -- PHOTO: AFP

MILAN (AFP) - Juventus have signed French striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract, according to club president Beppe Moratta.

The former France international, 33, becomes the Serie A champions' second big-name signing in a week after the capture of Spain international Fernando Llorente, who will join the club on July 1.

"I'm really happy to be here," Anelka told reporters after arriving in Turin by private jet. Moratta told Sky Sport Italia that the signing was "not official yet", however television pictures showed Anelka meeting and shaking hands with club officials.

Marotta said: "It was an emergency situation and we needed some extra firepower up front. We have tied Anelka to a five-month deal. He can be a good short-term solution for us and at the end of the season we'll evaluate the situation. It is a five-month deal but with an option for the second season, if things go well."

 
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