Torino tactician Giampiero Ventura has confirmed Enzo Maresca’s Turin derby past was the reason behind his failed transfer.
The midfielder is available on the market after being frozen out of the squad at Sampdoria and a possible move to the Granata was being suggested.
However, the proposed switch annoyed fans given that Maresca, while playing for Juventus in 2002, mocked then Toro striker Marco Ferrante by mimicking his ‘horns’ goal celebration after netting a late equaliser against them.
“A sack of lies has been said about Maresca,” Ventura stated after the Week 1 win over Sassuolo.
“Maresca came looking for Torino and, seeing as he has played in the Champions League, he was good enough for Toro.
“I was asked if he would have been useful for my project and I said yes so long as his past was not a problem.
“However, his past was an issue and the possibility of his signing ended within 48 hours…”