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Didn't RJ confirm this about 3 weeks ago.

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From F365, 12.36 on May 31: 'Juve start search for new coach.'

From F365, 15.44 on May 31: 'Juventus have appointed Antonio Conte as their new head coach on a two-year contract.'

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Juventus appear to have told club legend Alessandro del Piero that this season will be his last with the club.

The 36-year-old forward, Juve's all-time leading goalscorer and a former world player of the year, turns 37 next month and is contracted to the Turin giants until the end of the campaign.

He had expressed an interest in extending his playing days with them into what would be a 20th season, but speaking at a shareholders' meeting, president Andrea Agnelli, made comments to suggest the 91-cap Italy international will be moving on next May.

"The unique link between the old Juventus and the new Juve is our captain, Alessandro Del Piero," Angelli was quoted as saying on his club's official website.

"The link between the Stadio Comunale, Stadio delle Alpi to Stadio Olimpico to the Juventus Stadium is our captain Del Piero.

"He wanted to stay with us for one more year, and this will be his last season wearing the black and white jersey."

Del Piero has yet to give his reaction to Agnelli's address and, should his time be up, it is unclear whether he will look to continue his career away from the club.

Juventus have also yet to make a formal announcement outside of the shareholders' meeting.

Del Piero has been a virtual ever-present for The Old Lady since joining them from Padova in 1993 and, on April 6 2008 he passed Gaetano Scirea's all-time appearance record of 552 games for the club.

To date he has scored 285 goals in 682 games for Juventus, winning five Serie A titles, one Serie B, four Supercoppas, one Coppa Italia, the Intertoto Cup, the Super Cup and, in 1996, the Champions League.

Success has not been limited to the domestic scene either, with Del Piero scoring a penalty in Italy's 2006 World Cup final win over France.

He captained his country seven times, most notably at Euro 2008, scoring 27 goals for the Azzuri.

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Balls out story in The Daily Mirror, who report that Juventus will celebrate potentially going a whole season unbeaten in Serie A by making a play for two of the biggest names in the Premier League.

The paper reports that Juve wish to 'gear up for their return to the Champions League' by making a double move for Nemanja Vidic and Fernando Torres.

Crikey.

The Mirror claims: 'Coach Antonio Conte has been promised funds to strengthen his side by the club - owned by the Agnelli family, who run auto giants Fiat - and has identified the Premier League duo as his prime target in a potential £50million-plus package.'

Interesting. Vidic of course is currently crocked, but that apparently will not dissuade Juve from putting in a bid, but the Mirror doubts whether Manchester United will let him go. Torres, meanwhile, is valued at roughly £30million by Juventus, which the paper describes as 'way short' of Chelsea's price, so all in all the paper seems to have pooh-poohed their own story.

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I wonder how Reedo feels about possibly having to cheer on Carlos Tevez next season?

Probably not as smug as he's been about Pogba :nur:


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It's a strange one, I've never really hated Tevez unlike some, but I'm not one really to get angry about ex players much. I still think he's a c*nt mind you. :D

It's surprised me, I was dreading them signing Suarez who they've been linked with over the last month or so.

From a Juve's perspective Tevez and Llorente are so much better than their current options, if they hold onto the rest of the key players from defence/midfield I can see them winning that league again without trouble.

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My only issue with Tevez was the way he allowed City to use him to try and wind up Utd fans who'd been pretty loyal to him singing his name whenever he played.

He decided the easiest way to win City fans over was to take digs at Utd rather than be classy about it.

Adding him & Llorente certainly gives Juve some more fire power next season something they maybe lacked this year in Europe.

I guess this means they're out of the running for Higuain as well


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Juventus insist there is no issue with Fernando Llorente as speculation over his future mounts.

Llorente joined Juve in the summer on a high-profile Bosman free transfer from Athletic Bilbao, who left him on the bench for much of last season because of his refusal to sign a new deal with the club.

But 28-year-old Llorente has featured just once as a substitute this term and reports claim that clubs from England and Spain are taking a keen interest in his situation as he appears to be anything but first choice under Antonio Conte.

However, Juve director general Beppe Marotta insists that they are looking long-term with Llorente, particularly given his recent lack of action.

"There is no Llorente problem. Don't forget that he didn't play that regularly last season," he said.

"When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we're evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.

"We believe in him and it is too early to judge."

Marotta has also revealed that the club are confident of reaching an agreement with veteran midfield star Andrea Pirlo over a new deal.

The 34-year-old's current deal expires next summer, but Juve have every intention of handing him a fresh contract.

"He's doing really good things. He's feeling really good with us and in the right moment we will meet to take the best decision for both sides", Marotta told Sky Italia.

"I think he could continue with us. But a lot will be up to him and the plans he has for his future."

Meanwhile, one player said to be closing on a deal with Juve is Anzhi Makhachkala's Lacina Traore.

Dinamo Moscow have been strongly linked with the highly-rated Ivorian striker, but their coach Dan Petrescu feels he has already agreed a deal with Juve.

"For what I know Traore in January will go to Juventus," Petrescu told the Russian media.


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It would be hard for him to break Vichu-tevez-vidal trinity.

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I think it was always going to take him time to settle in it's a new league with a new style of play and having hardly played for 12 months it would've been tough chucking him straight in at the deep end.


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Juventus' general director Giuseppe Marotta has responded to fresh rumours by reiterating that Fernando Llorente is not for sale.

Reports in Italy continue to suggest that Arsenal hold an interest in the Spain international and are plotting a January raid.

A slow start to his time in Turin helped to fan the transfer flames, with Llorente struggling to settle following a Bosman switch from Athletic Bilbao.

He has, however, started to find his feet over recent weeks - netting in successive UEFA Champions League outings against Real Madrid.

Juve believe there is plenty more to come from the World Cup winner and have made it clear that they have no intention of cutting short his time in Serie A after just six months.

Marotta said in Tuttosport: "The player is not for sale, he has never been for sale, and he remains with us.

"There is great confidence in the boy, he is reaching top condition.

"We are very happy with him and with his progress."


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Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has underlined the club's commitment to keep hold of Paul Pogba.

The French starlet has emerged as one of the best young midfielders in Europe since opting to leave Manchester United for Juve in 2012.

Pogba has two years left on his current deal, but Juve are looking to extend this to ward off strong interest emanating from around Europe.

Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Arsenal are amongst the clubs reportedly ready to test Juve's resolve, whilst even his former employers United have been linked.

But Marotta remains calm and told RaiDue: "Pogba is a very good football player and so the eyes of big clubs are on him, but we don't want to sell him.

"We will soon talk with his agent about his contract too."

Marotta was also asked about the futures of veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo and coach Antonio Conte.

"Pirlo has a contract expiring in June, but the relationship between him and the club are excellent and very soon he will extend the agreement," he said.

"The Conte cycle with Juve can also last in the long term."

Marotta says the club are not looking to do much in the January window, either in or out.

"Vucinic to leave? We don't want to give anyone in January. (Parma's Jonathan) Biabiany and (PSG's Jeremy) Menez? They are very good players but we are not seeking players like them, the group is strong. We are not particularly interested in the January market."


The Pogba situation is best resolved before the world cup because vultures will be circling and there are a lot of clubs who can offer him a lot more money than Juventus can but I think if they make him a good offer he will probably stay put although his agent does have a reputation for moving players around every few years.

As for the others it makes sense to offer Pirlo another deal they obviously need to start thinking about a replacement and 1 who possibly springs to mind is Xabi Alonso who is a bosman this summer and looking for a new challenge (and apparently an 8m euro a year net contract) so if Juve do have some money to spend they might be able to do something there.

As for Conte unless he feels he can't take them any further after what looks like 3 Serie A titles in a row I can't see him leaving as he is a club legend as long as they keep supporting him and helping him build a squad to make a proper challenge in Europe next season I don't see him being that keen to move. That is of course unless someone offers him a ridiculous contract to take over at another big european club or one of the new money clubs like Monaco/PSG.


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Juventus have moved to distance Claudio Marchisio from mounting speculation linking him with a switch to Manchester United.

The Italy international has long been linked with the reigning Premier League champions, but transfer rumours have intensified during the current window.

The flames were fanned further on Sunday when it was revealed that United boss David Moyes had travelled to Italy to catch Juventus' trip to Cagliari.

Marchisio is said to have been the main focus of a scouting mission which also allowed Moyes to cast an eye over another supposed long-standing target, David Astori.

Juventus are aware that a midfielder schooled in their academy system is generating plenty of interest, but they remain confident that the 27-year-old will opt to remain at his home-town club.

General director Giuseppe Marotta told Radio Rai: "There is no problem with Marchisio. Claudio is a player who grew up in the Juventus youth teams and he loves the shirt.

"During a busy season it is inevitable that every player will have their lows, but everything is normal."

Juventus are also having to fend off incessant speculation regarding the respective futures of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba - with the former in the final months of his contract and the latter attracting interest from afar - but Marotta maintains that both men are going nowhere.

He added: "Pirlo's contract? He said last week that he feels happy here. We have talked with each other and in February we will find a solution to continue together.

"Pogba? We don't want to sell him and we close the door to any possible buyers."


With Europa League football still on the cards you can't see Juve weakening their squad in January if they gone out of Europe they might have considered a good offer for a squad player but with a lot of games still to play why would they do anything unless they can get someone of equal quality in this window.


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Mirko Vucinic will train away from Juventus' first team until after the transfer window due to the fact he could be leaving the club.

Vucinic saw a move to Inter Milan collapse last week when a proposed swap deal with midfielder Fredy Guarin fell through.

The 30-year-old Montenegro striker is out of favour with Juventus and the Serie A champions are prepared to let him leave this month.

Arsenal are understood to have an interest, but only want a loan, whilst Southampton have also been linked with Vucinic on the back of Juve's reported interest in their Italian front-man Dani Osvaldo.

Vucinic's agent Alessandro Lucci has now confirmed to Sky Sport Italia that the striker could leave this week, even though he has not asked for a transfer.

"Vucinic spoke with (Antonio) Conte and they have agreed he will train apart in these last days of the transfer market because he is involved in some possible negotiations," confirmed Lucci.

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Andrea Pirlo calls it "the most dangerous spot in the whole of Turin... especially at half-time".

A little corner of the Juventus dressing room, next to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, but immediately in front of the door. The same door through which coach Antonio Conte bursts during the interval of each game, invariably spraying indiscriminate anger across the room.

"Even when we're winning, Conte comes in and hurls against the wall (and thus my little corner) anything he can lay his hands on... almost always full bottles of water. Fizzy water. Very fizzy water," explains Pirlo in his new autobiography, I Think, Therefore I Play .

"If I could go back in time, I'd change only one thing: I wouldn't pick the spot next to Buffon in our dressing room."

Such burning rage would undermine some managers, their sound and fury soon fading to a tiresome soundtrack, yet it has underpinned Juve's third consecutive title under Conte's stewardship. A title confirmed when nearest rivals Roma suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at Catania.

That the second of those crowns was earned despite the combustible coach being absent from the dressing room for the first four months of the campaign, as he served a suspension for his involvement in the 'Calcioscommesse' match-fixing affair, only serves to gild the achievement.

Pirlo says when Conte speaks "his words assault you", adding: "They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within you." Yet despite his Scudetto successes, the 44-year-old's voice carries little resonance outside Italy, and his name little lustre. Why?

Perhaps the wider perception of Serie A is part of it - the notion Italy's top division carries a stale smell of faded grandeur - or perhaps Conte's hitherto unimpressive resume has left an unappealing aroma.

A mainstay of the belligerent Juventus side that rampaged through Europe during the mid-90s, the combative midfielder won five league titles and the 1996 Champions League, as well as earning 20 caps for Italy. Yet that success did not transfer to management immediately.

Stints with Arezzo, Bari and Siena were underwhelming - albeit he led the latter two to promotion - and were interrupted by a calamitous few months with Serie A side Atalanta, Conte's departure coming after police were required to intervene in an altercation between him and a group of the club's supporters.

It was a bold move, then, by Juventus to appoint him as coach in May 2011, just a couple of days before Pirlo, one of the grandees of AC Milan, was lured to Turin on a free transfer.

Pirlo is a man of astonishing accomplishments, an outlandishly gifted playmaker who was man of the match in Italy's World Cup final triumph of 2006, has won five Serie A titles and lifted the Champions League twice.

Here is a man who embodies everything that is beautiful about Italian football - and he was soon in love with Conte's vision and demands of the Old Lady.

"He got everyone together in the gym to introduce himself," recalls the 34-year-old midfielder. "He had some venom ready for us. 'Lads, we've finished seventh each of the last two seasons. Crazy stuff; absolutely appalling. I've not come here for that.'

"I was expecting him to be good, but not this good. One little speech, a few simple words, was all it took for him to win me over. Me and the whole of Juventus."

Pirlo had considered Conte to be tough, committed and charismatic but was taken aback by his technical and tactical awareness.

His eyes widened, too, when he first experienced one of the coach's favoured drills: having his side enact full-scale practice matches without opponents and commanding them to repeat the same moves over and over until the players are begging to stop.

"He's not a guru, nor is he a magician, for all he's been known to pull some crazy speeches out of the hat," Pirlo adds.

"You either do what he says or you don't play. But he's plainly allergic to error - perhaps to horror as well - and I for one pray every day that a cure is never found.

"We won the Scudetto at the first time of asking and the success was all his, a triumph of bloody-mindedness that went beyond everyone's expectations.

"It really couldn't have gone any other way, given the example we had in front of us every day. Conte was like a man possessed, the very essence of Juventus burned deep into his soul. 'You all need the same anger as me. Full stop.'"

Pirlo invokes an old Italian phrase that translates as "he'd a devil for hair" to describe the coach and, certainly, Conte cuts a curious character.

Lampooned in Italy for having had a transplant to address his baldness - "if the hair was fake then the devil was 100% real," adds Pirlo, archly - he is also taunted for having christened his daughter Vittoria, the Italian for victory.

Yet they pale in comparison to the stain of the Calcioscommesse affair.

Despite his protestations of innocence, Conte was banned from football for 10 months for failing to report alleged match-fixing while coach of Siena and, while his sanction was later reduced to four months, he was still unable to lead Juve on match days for the first half of his second season in charge.

"It drove him absolutely crazy that he couldn't pop his head into the dressing room, but let's just say he ended up there a few times by mistake," Pirlo writes. "His absence was obvious at half-time, but Conte supplied the ideas and words, and his assistants put their faces to them.

"I never once saw him cry or get upset and he was good at keeping us separate from his problems and making out that nothing had changed.

"Only once, just before the bomb went off, did he ask the leaders for help. He said to us: 'When I'm not there, you be the ones who keep the rest of the boys on their toes. Don't let everything we've built go to hell in a handcart.'"

Even in his most fraught moments, Conte's pursuit of perfectionism persisted. It is what has shaped him as a manager, and will continue to do so, either in Turin or perhaps elsewhere one day, should he finally earn the praise outside Italy that his work merits.

If that day comes, the most dangerous spot in the whole of Turin will become a haven once again. But, despite his protestations, Pirlo will consider that a real shame.


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Juventus boss Antonio Conte has insisted that in-demand duo Arturo Vidal and Fernando Llorente will remain at the club.

Llorente is a reported target of new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as he looks to exert his own influence on the Catalan giants, while Vidal has been linked with a host of top European sides including Barca, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

However Conte, whose own future was in doubt until the Serie A champions confirmed he would be at the helm next season, is adamant the pair will remain in Turin.

"Vidal remains, yes," Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Until a different thing, he will remain also next season.

"Fernando (Llorente) has been important and he will stay with us for a long time.

"We have changed our game for his characteristics and also Tevez took advantage of this."


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Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has signed a new two-year deal at Juventus that will keep him at the Italian champions until 2016.

The 35-year-old has been with Juventus since 2011 after leaving their Serie A rivals AC Milan.

He has made 131 appearances for the club, helping them to three successive Serie A titles.

Last season, Pirlo played 43 games and scored six goals as Juventus won the league with a record 102 points.

Pirlo is currently in Brazil with Italy for the World Cup, which gets under way on Thursday.

Italy open their Group D campaign against England on Saturday, before playing Costa Rica on 20 June and Uruguay four days later.


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Nice one, it's rare that Juve give contracts to aging players, surprised that it's two years.. that's why Del Piero ending up leaving.

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Nice one, it's rare that Juve give contracts to aging players, surprised that it's two years.. that's why Del Piero ending up leaving.


I think they've seen how good he still is and how badly his loss effected Milan (although other things also contributed to that) that they probably backed down a little bit into giving him 2 seasons. Also, now they're properly established back in the CL they can afford to be a bit more generous with the wages and things like that.

In Italy Veratti is seem by many as the long term replacement for Pirlo in the national side it'll be interesting to see if Juve look to him as a replacement at club level once he's ready to leave PSG. Although that bring out the whole Pogba/Veratti swap debate again.

Pirlo might only have 1 more good year in him and if he does he might call it a day himself and retire or if he's not going to be playing at Juve he might go elsewhere for a season he's already a very rich man so it's not like he's some league two journeyman who'll just sit out a contract he's probably a multi millionaire and at that age if you're going to carry on you might as well play regular football.


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