Matuidi pleased with Juve start

25 September 2017 04:07:53 EST

France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi is delighted to have finally joined Juventus, who he hopes to help to further success this season.

The 30-year-old has settled in well since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain, with Juve chasing a seventh consecutive Italian league title this season.

Juventus is a world-class club and a team that has won so much and still has so much left to win.

Blaise Matuidi

And Matuidi, who came close to heading to Serie A 12 months ago, is pleased with the way he has started in Turin.

He told Sky Sport: "I had already been in contact with Juventus the previous year, but for various reasons the transfer didn't happen.

"As they say, better late than never. Now I am here I'm very happy and I hope to stay for a long time.

"Choosing to come here was natural, Juventus is a world-class club and a team that has won so much and still has so much left to win."

Juve have won six out of six in Serie A so far this season, but are still not top of the table, with Napoli ahead of them on goal difference.

Meanwhile, the Italian champions have confirmed that another summer recruit, Benedikt Howedes, is facing around a month out of actin due to an injury to his left thigh.

Germany international defender Howedes joined on a season-long loan from Schalke, but has yet to make his debut for Juve and will now have to wait a few more weeks to do so.

A short statement from Juve confirmed: "During Thursday's training session the player sustained a thigh strain in his left leg affecting an area of scar tissue from a previous injury.

"Initial examinations suggest it is a Grade 1-2 strain and the estimated recovery time is around four weeks. A more precise recovery time will be established in due course."

Juve can be backed at 6/4 to claim the Serie A title again this season, with Napoli available at 10/11 and Inter Milan 14/1.

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