Juve confirm Mellberg deal

28 January 2008 12:46
Juventus have announced that they have agreed a deal to sign Aston Villa's Sweden international centre-back Olof Mellberg next summer. The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Turin giants, who recently sold France stopper Jean-Alain Boumsong to Lyon. Mellberg is out of contract at Villa at the end of the current campaign and has opted for a new challenge, having spent seven years with the Midlands club, making around 250 appearances. Mellberg told Juve's official club website: "I'm very happy about this agreement, this experience in Italy will be an important one, in a prestigious club and in one of the most important leagues in the world. "Now I must end the season in the best possible way with Aston Villa, but I really can't wait to join Juventus and give my best in the black and white shirt." Juve coach, Claudio Ranieri, added: "Mellberg is a central defender who can also play on the right, as he's doing this year. He has an imposing physique but is very quick. "Mellberg will make his contribution to Juventus in terms of his international experience and quality."

Source: ESA