Bremer inspired by 'best Italian defender' Chiellini after replacing De Ligt at Juventus
Gleison Bremer has big shoes to fill after replacing Matthijs de Ligt at Juventus but named another former Bianconeri defender as his idol.FotMob - 3 months ago
Juventus new boy Gleison Bremer is drawing inspiration from Bianconeri legend Giorgio Chiellini after replacing Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt at the Allianz Stadium.
With Massimiliano Allegri's side losing De Ligt to the Bundesliga champions on Tuesday, they have swiftly gone about bolstering their backline with a move for Serie A's 2021-22 Defender of the Year.
Playing for Juve's local rivals Torino, Bremer led players across Europe's top five leagues for interceptions (105) last season, making 33 Serie A appearances and contributing to eight clean sheets.
Juventus have reportedly committed to paying €40million plus add-ons for the Brazilian, who will take Chiellini's number three shirt after the Euro 2020 winner left for Los Angeles FC.
And Bremer told the club's media channels he is seeking to emulate the 37-year-old, who he described as the finest defender Italy had to offer.
"Juventus is a team that always wants to win, and I also have the ambition to win," Bremer said.
"I also talked a bit with Chiellini and I decided that Juventus were the best team.
"I also have a dog that is black and white! It was in my destiny.
"Chiellini is the best Italian defender, I've always said that. So I'm inspired a little by him, and I'll try to do what he did."
After winning nine consecutive league titles between 2011-12 and 2019-20, Juventus have since finished fourth in successive Serie A campaigns.
But Bremer believes the acquisitions of players such as Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba served to convince him of Juve's chances winning of silverware next season.
The centre-back, who was also strongly linked with Inter, added: "When I saw that Pogba and Di Maria arrived, I had no doubts about who to choose.
"We are a team built to win.
"I always want to win, the Scudetto, the Champions League. This is my goal."