Alessio Tacchinardi has admitted he he is looking forward to experiencing Spanish football after signing a one-year deal with Primera Liga side Villarreal.
“I’m really happy to be embarking on a new adventure at this club,” the 30-year-old former Juventus player said when he was unveiled to the media on Monday.
“I hope to use my experience to help the team face up to the difficult task of playing in the Champions League.
“I’ve spoken with players who are now in Spain but played alongside me at Juventus like (Marco) Di Vaio and Mark (Iuliano) and I know that Spanish football is different and that it won’t be easy, but I’m determined to do well.”
The midfielder said he had asked former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi, who is now director of football at Real Madrid, for information about Villarreal.
“He (Sacchi) told me only good things about the team, that they played the best football in the league last season and that they’ve got some great players on their books.”
Tacchinardi joins Villarreal after 11 years at Juventus where he won five league championships, one Italian Cup, the European Super Cup and the World Club Cup.
His new club Villarreal face Everton in the third qualifying round of the Champions League as they look to participate in Europe’s most prestigious trophy for the first time in their history.