Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici received yesterday the Manlio Scopigno Award and talked to the press in that occasion, starting with his new leading role: “Operating behind the scenes suited me, not just because of corporate choice, but due to my character. Things will change now, but I will keep working to make Juventus more competitive. I share this award with my co-workers and I dedicate it to Giuseppe Marotta, who groomed me and taught me a lot. I will forever be thankful for what he has done.”
On Cristiano Ronaldo: “He has our full support, we hold him in high regard. He is a professional, a great man who is also involved with some charities. He is the best in the world, maybe in the history of football. The attention of the media shifts with him. We are very serene and we proved it in Udinese. He is beyond reproach on an off the pitch.”
“When we started thinking about the deal, we felt like we were the only team he wanted to move to and this was a great advantage. He had a gentleman agreement with Real Madrid for his exit, the ownership greenlit the operation and we began the negotiation.”
On Champions League: “I do not know if we are the favourites, but we have done a lot of work there in the last few years, achieving excellent results. We will try to do better and better. The final victory does not hinge only on the planning, you need a combination of things.”
On Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Paul Pogba: “The Serbian midfielder is a great player, but we never discussed a deal with him or with Lazio. The same goes for Pogba, even though we are very attached to him. We never considered bringing him back.”
On Marotta possibly joining Inter: “I would not be surprised because he is a great executive. He has been the best one alongside Adriano Galliani in the last ten years. I just wish he could be happy, even if it happened at another Italian club.”
Recently Paratici stated that not that much will change despite the upcoming departure of the veteran manager: “The decision-making process will go through three people instead of four, so I will be involved alongside Pavel Nedved and Andrea Agnelli, with Massiliamo Allegri weighing in certain matters.”
As always, a slew of Bianconeri will play with their national teams during the break: Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Bernardeschi and Mattia Perin have been called up by Roberto Mancini, Joao Cancelo and Wojciech Szczesny will face each other, Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic have a Nations League match and a friendly coming with France and Bosnia, Rodrigo Bentancur will travel to the Far East for two Uruguayan fixtures. The Brazil versus Argentina clash will take place in Jeddah, possibly featuring Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala, while Juan Cuadrado will square off against USA and Costa Rica.
Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to forgo the Portugal games until 2019. Emre Can has returned to the Germany squad thanks to a couple of injuries, while Moise Kean has earned his first U-21 call-up. The only players staying in Turin are Andrea Barzagli, Daniele Rugani, Mattia De Sciglio, Leonardo Spinazzola, Sami Khedira, who is nursing a thigh injury, Douglas Costa, for ethical reasons but he is also banged up, Mario Mandzukic, who has retired from international duties.
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