Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has stressed that Nicolas Anelka has arrived due to an emergency in the attacking department and is not a long term solution.

Anelka has arrived in Turin on loan until the end of the season, from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

The deal was something of a surprise, with the Bianconeri having already secured Fernando Llorente, the Spanish striker due to arrive during the summer following the expiry of his contract with Athletic Bilbao.

And Marotta has made it clear that Juventus see Anelka as a short-term option, who has been brought in to address an extraordinary situation.


"There was an emergency in our attack", Marotta told reporters, taking into account that Nicklas Bendtner has been sidelined with injury.

"It was a hole in our team.

"This [signing Anelka] is a short-term project."

Anelka will hope to make a positive impact for Antonio Conte’s men during the remainder of the season, but the 33-year-old will not have long to get up to speed with the Italian game.

The French striker left European football a year ago, leaving Chelsea to sign for Shanghai Shenhua in China on a lucrative contract.

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