Monday January 14 2013
‘Juventus won’t spend big’

Beppe Marotta has told Juventus fans to forget about any major signings before the end of this month.

The Old Lady have been strongly linked with a possible bid for Shanghai Shenhua ace Didier Drogba, but the director general seems to have ruled out that option.

“The transfer window will close without any major signings,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “The January market is not offering important names for Juventus.

“We are looking around, evaluating, but in the meantime we want to recover those players who are absent with injury or participating at the African Cup of Nations.

“We’re missing important elements like Claudio Marchisio, Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah and Simone Pepe, while Mirko Vucinic is not playing continuously because of fitness issues.”

Juventus were hot favourites to retain their Scudetto, but a run of just one point from the last two games has seen their lead at the top of the table cut to just three points.

“January is perhaps a month where we don’t collect as many points as at other times of the year,” he said after the 1-1 draw at Parma.

“If we compare it to last year, after the win at Lecce we won three and drew four in a row.

“We’re calm, let’s distance the pessimism, we’re realists. The Championship can be likened to the tour of Italy, not Milano-Sanremo.

“We are targeting the finishing line. Juventus are always obliged to win.”

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