‘I just want to play, I have no pressure’: Moise Kean insists he doesn’t feel the burden to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after re-joining Juventus just days after the superstar made his return to Manchester UnitedMoise Kean re-joined Juventus this summer after a mixed spell with Everton The striker arrived in Turin after Cristiano Ronaldo left for Manchester United But Kean has insisted he doesn’t feel any pressure to replace the all-time great Kean has featured twice for the Old Lady this season, both times off the bench By Daniel Davis For Mailonline
Published: 11:39 EDT, 16 September 2021 | Updated: 11:39 EDT, 16 September 2021
Juventus striker Moise Kean has insisted he doesn’t feel any pressure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the superstar re-joined Manchester United this summer.
With Ronaldo choosing to return to Old Trafford after 12 years away, his former club acted swiftly, bringing back Kean on a two-year loan which will become permanent.
And, questioned on the void left behind by the iconic forward, Kean has revealed that he is instead only focused on impressing in Turin.
Juventus striker Moise Kean insists he doesn’t feel pressure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo
‘I don’t feel any pressure in replacing Ronaldo,’ he said during a press conference. ‘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.’
Kean was not recruited as an outright replacement for Ronaldo, with his agent Mino Raiola having been in Italy for a number of days beforehand to seal the deal.
The club were short of bodies up front after the veteran chose to leave, and there will be a burden on Kean to score plenty of goals despite his mixed start.
Kean (left) had arrived back in Turin as Ronaldo (right) made his move to Manchester United
He has made two appearances for Juventus during his second spell with the Old Lady, both times coming off the bench.
Having made an error leading to Napoli’s last-gasp winner in Serie A last weekend, Kean made a better impact during the 3-0 Champions League victory over Malmo.
The youngster initially left Juventus for Everton in August 2019, but struggled to establish himself in the first-team.
After being loaned out to Paris Saint-Germain last term, he scored 17 goals in 41 matches, and was soon snapped back up by the Italian top-flight title hopefuls.
Despite the burden on his shoulders, Kean says he is fully focused on just starring for the club
Juventus agreed a £28million price tag for Kean due to their obligation to turn his stay permanent, and the figure will be paid out over three years.
There are also further bonuses of up to £2.6m available if certain ‘sporting objectives’ are met during the loan, the club confirmed.
With the loan itself worth £6m, the overall total for Kean’s switch stands at £32.5m.
Once Kean’s medical was complete and the deal was unveil, Juventus proudly described the reunion as a ‘homecoming’.