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Moise Kean laughs off pressure of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus

As a player who broke through in a highly-charged Juventus side, Moise Kean knows all about pressure. The Italian international has become one of the leading figures in the post-Euros Italy side, and his form – including a swift brace against Lithuania – will have fans excited.

Looking excellent for Paris Saint-Germain last season, Kean ensured that fans can be suitably excited about what he can bring now he is back at Juventus. When the player was sold, many seen it as a mistake; making way for a prodigious young talent to be replaced by a world-class veteran is always a risky move.

Now, with Kean back in Italy and Ronaldo back in Italy, talk has started about the player feeling the pressure to replace Ronaldo. Rather than admit any kind of worries about taking on such a mantle, though, Kean – who came into the Juve side in 2016 before leaving – embraced the potential pressure.

An initial two-year loan back to the Old Lady with a purchase price set in stone means that Juve can count on one of their own to help fill out their attacking depth. Kean has already enjoyed a strong start to the 2021-22 season, though a near own-goal that led to losing to Napoli last weekend will have soured an exciting return to the first-team.

When asked about how he felt about taking the place of a true legend, though, Kean was very quicky to dismiss the pressure, saying: "I don’t feel any pressure in replacing Ronaldo. I just want to lend a hand to the team where I grew up and where I lived good times. I just want to play, I have no pressure, I just feel the responsibility of wearing the Juventus shirt."

Moise Kean keep to make up for lost time at Juventus

Speaking more about his chance to come back to Juventus, the forward could not hide his obvious delight at the opportunity, saying: “I've always loved playing for this club. As soon as the opportunity arose, there was no doubt in my mind and I made the right choice. Juventus have always had a place in my heart.

“I'm very lucky to have experienced different leagues like the Premier League and Ligue 1 at my age. I've learnt a lot and now I'm ready to give my all for this team. I'm here to help the team. This is the club where I grew up and I have lots of great memories. I do feel a sense of responsibility in playing for Juve but it's not a burden.”

Juventus have made a poor start to the season, failing to win in their first three league outings. A comfortable routing of Malmo might change things, though, with Kean positive of the future, adding: "We have a young team with lots of experience. We haven't made the best of starts but Juventus always aim high and I'm sure we'll achieve great results.

"Allegri is a coach who always aims for the top and he's taught me lots of things. The Malmo game was good for morale. We're ready for our match against AC Milan on Sunday."

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