Amauri hopes to win over Torino fans with a goal in the Derby della Mole against former club JuventusParma's Amauri leaves the pitch after being shown a red card by referee Luca Banti as Juventus's Giorgio Chiellini lies on the field during their Serie A match at Juventus Stadium on March 26, 2014 -
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.”