Aaron Ramsey says he is determined to seize his ‘unbelievable’ opportunity at Juventus and that things are ‘slowly’ coming together under Maurizio Sarri.
Ramsey has already broken into Juve’s starting XI and scored his first goal, and the midfielder has been struck by how his new club have been programmed “to achieve one thing: win football matches and trophies.”
“I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club,” he told BBC Sport.
“I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my teammates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.
“[Ronaldo] was just like everybody else, really welcoming. Of course, he is one of the greatest to play the game but he is just a normal man.
“He breaks the ice straight away and makes you feel like you are talking to anybody else. There is a family feeling about the whole club.
“Everybody is in it to achieve one thing: to win football matches and trophies. Everybody is driven and very focused on what they need to be doing.
“Now I have to prove myself to my new teammates, new staff and new fans. But I have been playing for a long time. I know what I am capable of doing. It is just of question of showing it.”
The Welshman arrived from Arsenal with an injury, which meant he could not kick a ball for the Old Lady until August.
“Of course. I really wanted to finish off with Arsenal and play in the Europa League final. It wasn’t meant to be.
“My next concern was how long it was going to be and how much of the preseason I was going to get. It was very frustrating. I wanted to hit the ground running.
“But the medical staff here have been brilliant and helped me through. I am feeling good at the moment. I was very proud to get my first goal and played in three matches last week.
“There is still a lot more to improve on but hopefully I can continue to improve and get stronger, get physically better and have a successful season.”
Ramsey is one of an increasing number of British players to move overseas, so does he plan on learning Italian?
“Yes, of course. It is massively important. All the team meetings are in Italian; the majority of the players speak Italian.
“But it’s not just for football reasons. When you go to a restaurant or fill up your car, some people don’t speak English.
“It’s important to speak their language and really commit to putting yourself into their culture and to understand it.
“It might take me a bit of time - I have picked up a few swear words on the training ground - but I am learning and hopefully I will be able to speak it one day.”
The 28-year-old is not the only Premier League export to join Juve this summer, with Coach Maurizio Sarri having also arrived from Chelsea.
“It has been great so far. There have been new ideas and new information which we are working hard to try to put into practice.
“At times it hasn’t worked as well as we would have liked, but in other parts it really has.
“We are slowly getting better in terms of what he wants to implement and understanding our roles and responsibilities more.
“This club has been so good and so dominant for so long. We know other teams have improved and are trying to knock us off top spot.
“But this place is all about winning and that is what we are striving for. Inter have improved this season.
“Antonio Conte has got them really organised and they have yet to drop any points. It is going to be difficult.
“They have some great players, including one I know very well from my time at Arsenal.
“We will have to be aware of him and the other players they have, and be really on top of our game to get the result we want.
“The Champions League is really important for us but it is the League where week in, week out you are tested.
“Juventus have been dominant in the League for many years. Hopefully, in the long run, things will take care of themselves and we can be successful.”