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Tuesday May 8 2012
Marotta: 'No Juve bad boys'

Director Beppe Marotta looks to the future of Juventus, including Robin van Persie, Eljero Elia, Marco Borriello and “no bad boys.”

The Bianconeri are celebrating the Scudetto and already preparing for next season, which will include the Champions League.

“I haven’t slept, there is so much euphoria around us. We achieved an extraordinary target that was unthinkable at the start of the campaign,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Thanks to the work of so many components we were able to make this dream come true. Antonio Conte was crucial, as we gave him the resources and he got the best out of them.

“As for the transfer market, we must point out the Scudetto arrived because this is a great team without a prima donna. We must maintain that balance, although clearly improve the overall quality of the side.

“There is talk about top players, but along with great technique you need a great person. We don’t want to dismantle what we created this year, a squad that never gave up and always worked hard. There’s no room for ‘bad boys.’”

Juve have been heavily linked with a bid for Arsenal star van Persie and Marotta does not deny their interest.

“He is among the most complete players around, but he still has a year on his contract with Arsenal and so I can only express an opinion on his qualities. I don’t feel like naming targets, as that would be unfair for their clubs and the players.

“Our option on buying Borriello from Roma expires on June 20, so we have time to discuss things. He had some initial difficulties, but recently helped us a great deal and Conte always admired him.”

Today Elia told Dutch media he wanted to leave after barely setting foot on the field for Juventus this season.

“It may seem strange, but a year to settle in was important for Elia. Serie A is different to the Bundesliga and he understood it’s another type of approach. Clearly he needs to play consistently and we are happy to help our players when they ask for that, but there won’t be any meetings until after the Coppa Italia Final.”

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