Amauri hopes to win over Torino fans with a goal in the Derby della Mole against former club Juventus
New Torino forward Amauri believes he can win over his new fans, despite his past at city rivals Juventus.
The 34 year-old, who was born in Brazil, but has represented Italy at international level, scored 24 goals in 100 appearances for the Bianconeri across a three year spell.
Since leaving Juventus in January 2012, he has played for Fiorentina and Parma, with the latter allowing him to depart on a free transfer to Torino on Monday.
Amauri’s role at il Toro will be to replace Alessio Cerci - sold to Atlético de Madrid - and he is confident his goals and commitment will help get the fans onside and look beyond his past at Juventus.
“That’s in the past, I live in the present,” he told Tuttosport, as reported by Football Italia. “That relationship ended badly, but now I’m at Toro and thinking only about Toro.
“This is a place that I like for its warm atmosphere and I am a player who like to fight, always. To think that I will now play with the Granata is an opportunity that fascinates me much.
“How will I win over fans? By scoring goals and putting in good performances. In the field I fight at my maximum.”
Amauri hopes to gain the tifosi’s support as soon as possible, though notes a goal in the Derby della Mole - Juventus host Torino on 30 November - would go a long way to earning their backing.
“A goal in the Turin derby? Yes, it would be great to score a goal against Juventus. Nice for the fans, and for me too,” he continued.
“Hopefully I will have the right opportunity. For me, the challenge will be even more special. I hope to bring this joy to Toro’s fans.”