Anelka: Juventus can win Champions League

New Juventus signing Nicolas Anelka believes his side will be able to win the Champions League this season.

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By FOX Sports Staff

Anelka was on Friday confirmed to have joined the Bianconeri from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua after the French striker agreed to a six-month contract with the reigning Serie A champions.

The Bianconeri have stuttered in recent times following a fantastic start to the season, and the Turin based outfit would undoubtedly be hoping Anelka can provide the spark to reignite their challenge for the league title.

But Anelka, who has played for several top clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid throughout his illustrious career, declared he was aiming to win not only the Serie A title but also the Champions League.

"I believe a team like Juventus has the players, mentality and athletic qualities required to [win the Champions League]," Anelka was quoted as saying by the official Juventus website. 

"We'll give all our strength and energy to bring the trophy home.

"It's a very difficult competition. When you start out you never know if you'll be able to win it, but you still need to go for it all the same."

Anelka revealed that he sought advice from his former French team-mates before making the move to the Bianconeri and claimed he was impressed with what he had seen at the club so far.

"I've joined a great club with great players," Anelka added.

"I'm happy to be here and to share these moments with them, and I'm very proud to be able to wear this shirt.

"[My former France team-mates, such as Lilian Thuram and David Trezeguet] have spoken to me about it [playing at Juventus]. They've told me it's a great club and it's like a family.

"When I arrived, I got that feeling straight away. When I walked into the dressing room, they all gave me a warm welcome and made me feel at home.

"Italian football is renowned all over the world. It's a league with great players, very physical and combative, as the current table suggests. I'm here to help last year's Scudetto winners reclaim the title."

Anelka also insisted he had no regrets over making the move to China to join Shanghai Shenhua.

"It was good, I lived in a magnificent city," Anelka reflected. 

"It was a slightly complicated experience as far as their approach to the game was concerned. 

"But I still appreciated it a great deal and have no regrets."

Juventus will take on Chievo in their next Serie A fixture on Sunday.



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