Merih Demiral Makes Juventus Debut Against Tottenham

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 21: Merih Demiral of Juventus is seen on arrival at the stadium prior to the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Merih Demiral made his debut for Juventus today against Tottenham in the International Champions Cup at the Singapore national stadium in Singapore.

Demiral replaced Rugani at the half-time interval and went onto play 45 minutes.

The 21-year-old initially partnered Leonardo Bonucci until he was replaced by fellow summer arrival de Ligt on 63 minutes.

Demiral put on a confident showing dealing well with aerial balls and making a few important interceptions and tackles.

Tottenham ended up winning the friendly 3-2 with Harry Kane scoring the winner in additional time with a goal from just past the half-way line.

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Juventus will face Inter Milan in China next and will have the €18m summer signing available.

Demiral was expected to return to Italy after the game as he had not been granted a visa by the Chinese authorities.

The 1.92m tall defender has now been granted a visa to enter China and will travel with the squad.