New Juventus away kit, De Ligt speaks and Rugani agent’s doubts

Juventus unveiled their away kit yesterday in Shanghai and this year Adidas went with a simple white kit with bright red details, which has been inspired by the buildings surrounding the Allianz Stadium.

Matthijs De Ligt talked with Gazzetta dello Sport: “We have many good players and everybody will have to compete for the starting job since only two out five can feature. I am surprised by the level, they are all focused. It will be hard to be a starter, but I will try to achieve that through my usual way of playing. My teammates are funny and we have few veterans. I learn every day here.”

Coach Maurizio Sarri commented the wacky friendly with the K-League all-stars: “We can not take stock at this stage, many players are still in Turin. We gave some minutes to the youngsters today, they were ready. We have ten days to practice without any game now, we can prepare well. We anticipated less minutes for Cristiano today, I talked to him and he was very fatigued, so we opted to rest him outright. We played in a very beautiful stadium, with a great crowd and a perfect pitch.”

Valencia’s right back Cristiano Piccini was loosely attached to the Old Lady in the past few weeks, when the sale of Joao Cancelo seemed imminent, but he denied the rumours while speaking to Plaza Deportiva: “Nobody from Juventus reached out to me. I am happy here and I like living in Valencia. At this stage, I do not think I will leave it to join Juventus.”

Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia, ever so certain about the position of his client at the club, for the first time casted some doubts on the future of the defender in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb Radio: “I do not know what the management has in mind. There are several players in that role and they are all top-notch ones. Therefore, it might be in the cards to sell somebody for economic and roster balance-related reasons.”

On the interest coming from Milan and Roma: “We decided together to decline Chelsea’s offer last season. We were happy to stay at Juventus and they were happy to keep us. His contract lasts until 2024 and the recent extension represented a strong stance, since the wages are very satisfying. They do not just give away money, so they must have had some technical reasons supporting the decision. He joined when he was 21 with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli ahead of him, you know that you have to face a strong competition at Juventus.”

On Maurizio Sarri: “He knows what the coach wants from him and also generally speaking. On the other hand, Daniele needs to have the desire of wanting something more at all times. The signals coming from the club must be very precise: there are five men for two spots and, if you are considered somebody that plays just few Coppa Italia games, you have to reflect on it. If they continue to believe a lot in the player and everybody is on board, including the manager, he must carry on his path of growth. I think this is the objective of the team.”

Crowdtangle and Hootsuite Analytics took a look at the social media interactions in the past season and the Bianconeri, with their 749M interactions across all platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube), came in fourth, behind Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid. In similar vein, a research by the British company Hopper estimated that Cristiano Ronaldo owns the most profitable Instagram account among sportsmen, as he can earn up to €975k by sending out a post to his 173M fan base.

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