Monday May 7 2012
Marotta on Juve’s transfer plans

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta says his club will spend the summer trying to build a side to battle for the Champions League.

The Old Lady will return to the competition after winning the Scudetto on Sunday night with a 2-0 win over Cagliari at Trieste.

“Two years ago we looked for quantity, now we want to add quality,” the transfer official told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport on Monday.

“We are already competitive for the Champions League, but we’ll look for the cherry on top to touch up this fantastic squad.”

The Bianconeri’s League triumph is their first since their 2005 and 2006 titles were taken away from them as they were demoted to Serie B for their part in Calciopoli.

“Everyone knows the history of Juventus,” Marotta added. “In 2006 we ended up in Hell, we passed through Purgatory and now, with this Scudetto, we are back in Heaven.

“The re-birth started with the return of an Agnelli as President because behind a winning team you need a strong club.

“Boss Antonio Conte was our leader and our added value, he’s had an extraordinary campaign.

“It would be nice to celebrate the season with the Coppa Italia too. It would be the right way to crown the campaign.

“We will face this task against Napoli knowing that we will have to honour the shirt of Juventus.”

Juventus continue to maintain that their two stripped titles were legitimate, hence their promise that next season’s jersey will have three stars on it to represent 30 titles and not 28.

“We believe that we suffered a strong injustice and that is why we identify this title as our 30th,” Marotta added.

“President Andrea Agnelli knows very well what this means, but now we are only thinking about celebrating this victory which was won with transparency on the pitch.”

Marotta was inevitably asked about the future of Alex Del Piero, the club captain who will not have his contract renewed in the summer.

“The club have already expressed themselves and I don’t want to comment further on it,” the ex-Sampdoria man noted.

“Today we are celebrating the title, one which Del Piero played an important role in and we know that he is a champion who has given a lot to this club.”