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Osvaldo admits Prem struggles

Juventus new boy Dani Osvaldo has admitted he struggled to adapt to playing in England with Southampton.

Osvaldo joined Juventus on loan until the end of the season from Southampton on transfer deadline day after being suspended by the Saints following his training ground bust-up with team-mate Jose Fonte.

Southampton's club-record signing arrived from Roma last summer, but the striker admits he failed to come to terms with the physical nature of the Premier League and is happy to be back in Italy.

"I struggled in England and wasn't really able to adapt," Osvaldo told JTV.

"It's a very physical type of game, with really tough tackling. More attention is paid to tactics and technique in Italy and Spain and I find it suits me a lot better.

"I struggled a bit here in the first few training sessions, also because there's a lot of running involved with the coach [Antonio Conte], but it's just a question of getting used to things.

"Conte's a phenomenon. He's extremely prepared and demands a great deal, but the results are there for all to see.

"Everything's magnificent here, from the training ground in Vinovo to the club itself. You immediately realise you've joined the biggest Italian club and one of the finest in Europe.

"It's a dream to be at Juventus and I want the dream to continue. And then there's the World Cup, a competition I'm determined to be involved in."