Weston McKennie insists he will learn and improve plenty just by watching Cristiano Ronaldo and is looking forward to playing alongside him.
Juventus brought in Weston McKennie from Schalke on a season-long loan deal with an option to make the signing permanent for an initial €18.5 million at the end of August.
The 22-year old midfielder’s transfer made history as he became the first US international to sign for the Bianconeri.
McKennie joined Schalke in 2016 before breaking into their first team in the 2017/18 season. He went on to make 91 appearances in total for the German side, enjoying a meteoric rise in the process.
The likes of Leicester City and Wolves, among several other high-profile clubs, were understood to be chasing him, but the USMNT star found the opportunity to become a teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo too good to turn down.
“Ronaldo? Playing with him it’s an honor, seeing what he does during the training sessions, how he moves, and how he works will bring me great benefits,” McKennie said in a press conference during his presentation.
“There was no need to convince me to come to Juve because being here is a dream that has become a reality. It’s a big opportunity to be the first American player in the history of Juventus.
“Having the opportunity to wear this shirt, representing my country, and bringing young Americans closer to football makes me so proud.”