The Italy international admits he has not always felt the most comfortable in his role at the heart of Juve’s attack.
The 23-year-old was linked with moves to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain but was ultimately forced to settle for the position at Juventus.
“It’s not an easy position to play but I think I’m a very good footballer,” Icardio told Sky Sport Italia.
“I’m used to playing in a defensive position, but I have to work hard to become a better footballer.”
Juventus’ Serie A title challenge has been undermined by the arrivals of Mario Mandzukic and Daniele De Rossi.
It is a position the centre-back admits is not ideal.
“In order to play in a central role I need to be able to play with more freedom,” Icardsi added.
“For me, the most important thing is to have a good mentality.”
The way I see it, I have a great opportunity to be the best in the world.
“There’s no reason to doubt myself in this position.
I am very grateful to the coach.”
Mauro Icardsio celebrates scoring against Juventus in the Serie A Champions League final.
“I believe I’m good enough for this role.
The coach has convinced me that I am the best at this position.”
The Italian international believes he is a ‘great footballer’ but admits he does not feel the most familiar at Juventus’ centre-half position.
“If I had to choose one position, it would be the one where I am used to.
I’m not the perfect fit,” ICardi said.”
But I am not afraid of the challenges ahead.”