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He says very little, outside of the bland metronomic answers we come to expect from men in his position so when Juventus Direttore Generale Beppe Marotta gave an honest and forthright interview with Corriere dello Sport, we should be all ears. The site purposely avoids transfer rumour and speculation but, much like this previous interview this seemed different from the outset. Here’s what he had to say;

Marotta began by defending the work of his coach, Gigi Delneri

“With the coach we have a two year commitment for application and professionalism, he is considered by all of us in positive terms. He has done very well with the team spirit at Juve. In the end we have missed 4-5 points in the standings, not more. Today our coach Delneri. We can then assume different scenarios, but football is a matter entrusted often to fate.”

This lead to the inevitable question on a successor, with the interviewer mentioning Walter Mazzarri and Luciano Spalletti, a hypothesis shunned by Marotta

“I’ve had Mazzarri and cannot deny that to build teams for him is not easy. Sure, I remember the difficulties when we were at Sampdoria, obviously with less economic strength. It’s true that you take the coach first and then make the team, but if you cannot change too many players it is the coach who must adapt, although Juve can withstand any working method. Then we have to say that the coach is not the sole maker of a team’s destiny. Spalletti? First I want to clarify that none of us spoke to anyone. As far as I know in St. Petersburg he is like a Czar. I believe that until the end of his contract he will remain there, I really cannot see a return to Italy now.”

The conversation then moves to the non-purchase of Lucas Piazon, who has now signed for Chelsea despite visiting Turin and attending a game

“So we deserve credit for being among the clubs who have discovered and analysed Piazon. Then, I will say again, there are ethical rules. Abramovich gives him a high salary, I understand 2 million a year. To give that to a boy born in 1994 does not seem to be a system that builds values. And then his father has chosen London over Turin. We were the only ones to lose Piazon however. Maybe people do not know anything but there was another Italian team close.”

Discussion then turns to Buffon, Del Piero and Marchisio, all subject of speculation regarding moves away

“I spoke with (Buffon’s agent) Martina and he, like us, has not had any requests. Gigi will make his assessments. If he wants to stay then we have no reason to think about the market. If anything we should reflect on extending his contract which expires in 2013. A deadline for Del Piero? That’s a speech already defined. The handshake between Alex and President Agnelli recently established the automatic renewal. Marchisio? Know that today the will of the player makes the difference. Marchisio has Juventus DNA. He is the kind of player who embodies our spirit, he cries when we loses.”

Then came a raft of questions on current, former and - perhaps - future players

Quagliarella and Aquilani: “The first we will redeem, the figure of 10 million we believe is fair. The second 80%. We are going to negotiate with Liverpool on the 16 million, the rapport is excellent, we have already started to discuss it.”

Diego: “I have never replied. But then I look where Wolfsburg are and what Diego has done. No, we have no regrets.”

Pirlo: “Pirlo is on my clipboard”

BASTOS: “It is no secret that we focus on Bastos. But there is the problem posed by his non-EU status…”

In closing Beppe Marotta spoke of the goals for next season

“We are bound to grow stronger, as are all our competitors, but we are Juve and we need to have an objective history of the highest level. Scudetto or the Champions League.”

  • Ted

    So who are Juve going to sign, Adam. Bastos and Pirlo? Is that enough? Will Bastos play LB? IMO, Juve should go for Cassani.Zamparini will probably demand a high transfer, but I think he’s worth it. Probably Italy’s second best RB, behind Abate.

    • rifat

      abate is nowhere close to cassani…cassani is the best right back of italy..then maggio..

      • Ted

        Who has Cassani played against? Abate has shown his class against the best players, in the toughest competitions. He single handedly locked Ronaldo down, as well as Samuel Eto, on two occasions. What has Cassani done? Abate deserves a call up, and I hope Prandelli uses his head.

  • Ted

    Maybe a switch from the 4-4-2, to a 4-3-3. Juve have the personnel.

  • Caclio Pauly

    The problem with Juve is horribly incompetent management. Marotta and company are a mild improvement over Blanc et al.

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