NEWS
Thursday August 31 2017
Agent: 'No winners' for Spinazzola

Agent Davide Lippi admits Leonardo Spinazzola won’t be going to Juventus from Atalanta today, but “nobody wins in this situation.”

The full-back is midway through a two-year loan deal in Bergamo and Atalanta refused to release him early.

“There just isn’t enough time for Spinazzola,” Lippi told Sky Sport Italia.

“As the son of a Coach, I have never seen a tactician want to keep a player who no longer wanted to be there. I’ve experienced it now.

“This seemed less of a battle between Spinazzola and Atalanta as between Juventus and Atalanta. It’s only normal the player had the aspiration of returning to Turin after so many years moving around.

“I want to make it clear he never handed in a medical certificate, never missed a training session, and he didn’t play in competitive games only because he didn’t feel focused and the Coach did not consider him available.

“The player never pulled back or ruled himself out, but in these circumstances, he could not feel calm enough to play in a Serie A match.

“I don’t think anyone wins in this situation, including Italy, as he hasn’t been training to his best and is not match-fit. We’re happy he was called up, as his professionalism was respected, which is why it’s disappointing to hear some say for two months that he was unprofessional.

“The market ends tonight. I don’t know if the player will be welcomed back in the locker room, they will sort that out themselves. He will continue training at 100 per cent, as he always has done.”