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Mellberg to follow Stendardo to Juve

Published: Monday 28 January 2008, 21.37CET
Juventus will sign Sweden defender Olof Mellberg this summer and have also landed centre-back Guglielmo Stendardo from S.S. Lazio until the end of the season.
Mellberg to follow Stendardo to Juve
Olof Mellberg will leave Aston Villa for Juventus in the summer ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 28 January 2008, 21.37CET

Mellberg to follow Stendardo to Juve

Juventus will sign Sweden defender Olof Mellberg this summer and have also landed centre-back Guglielmo Stendardo from S.S. Lazio until the end of the season.

Juventus will sign Sweden defender Olof Mellberg this summer and have also brought in Guglielmo Stendardo from S.S. Lazio until the end of the season.

Free agent
Mellberg will join the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Aston Villa FC once his contract with the Premier League club expires. The 30-year-old, who has been at Villa Park for seven seasons, has agreed a deal until 2011. "I'm delighted because Italy will be a huge experience in my career," he said. "I will play for a prestigious club, in one of the strongest leagues in the world. I want to end the season with Villa in the best possible way, but I'm really looking forward to Juventus and giving my best there."

'Strong and quick'
Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri said of the move for the former Real Racing Club Santander player: "I've been following Mellberg since I was at Chelsea [FC]. He can play at centre-back or right-back, as he is doing now. He is physically strong yet also very quick. He can be a great help for us in terms of quality and international experience."

Six months of Stendardo
Stendardo, a 26-year-old centre-half who made 13 Serie A appearances and five in the UEFA Champions League for Lazio this term, arrives on loan in Turin for the remainder of the campaign. He has been a Lazio player since coming from AC Perugia in 2005, having previously been with SSC Napoli, UC Sampdoria, Salernitana Sport and Calcio Catania. Juve are also thought to be close to completing the capture of Liverpool FC's Malian international midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.

Last updated: 29/01/08 10.26CET

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