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Hellas Verona Head Coach Andrea Mandorlini admits Juventus move would be a "chance of a lifetime" for midfielder Rômulo

Milan's Keisuke Honda [R] challenges Rômulo of Hellas Verona during their Serie A match at San Siro on January 19, 2014
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Hellas Verona Head Coach Andrea Mandorlini has admitted that a move to Juventus would be a "chance of a lifetime" for Rômulo.

The midfielder is expected to complete the switch early next week, as the Bianconeri continue to strengthen ahead of the new season.

“This is the chance of a lifetime for him,” Mandorlini told Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia.

“It was a great season and many clubs wanted him. It’s a shame he missed out on the World Cup, as he would’ve been of use to Cesare Prandelli.

“I don’t know what will happen over the course of the market, but I think it’s safe to say Rômulo is on his way out of Verona.”

Rômulo was signed permanently from Fiorentina for a reported fee of £3.08 million just 13 days ago. The 27 year-old spent the 2013/14 season on loan with the Mastini and was one of their star performers, scoring six goals and providing eight assists in 32 appearances.

His good form earned him a place in Italy’s provisional squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup - he has duel nationality - but injury cost him a place in the final 23.

Rômulo’s rise to prominence has come as something of a surprise. In his two seasons at Fiorentina, he managed just two goals in 14 starts, while before moving to Italy, he played for six clubs across six years in Brazil, with limited success.


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