Thursday May 15 2014
Marotta: Conte? Next week…

Beppe Marotta has reiterated that talks over Antonio Conte’s future at Juventus will only happen after the season has officially ended.

The Old Lady has already wrapped up a third consecutive League title with a record points haul, and attention has now shifted to Coach Conte’s future, amid his hints of late that he could be set to leave.

The 44-year-old was yesterday at Juventus Stadium to watch the Europa League Final and was pictured sitting alongside former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Asked if this was significant, Juve’s director general made clear the situation regarding Conte will only be discussed after Week 38’s match with Cagliari.

“Yesterday was a festive atmosphere, a final of a major competition like the Europa League and it is always a reason to meet with other protagonists, such as icons like Sir Alex Ferguson,” Marotta began in conversation with Sky Sport 24.

“So it is right that Conte could perhaps take some advice from him regarding his future as a Coach.

“I just have to point out that the climate between us is absolutely calm. On the matter with Conte much has been said and written, even by me in previous weeks.

“We have this final week, as we have said, to seal the achievement of an extraordinary goal, whilst we prepare for this party.

“After the game, the season officially ends, then next week we will talk about the future, including the question of the Coach.

“Our first target is to retain Conte? We have said it more than once. Now I cannot add anything else because you are likely to misunderstand.

“Next week, as I have said, after the game with Cagliari, the season is closed, work will begin for the next season and then it will be dealt with correctly and necessarily, including the theme related to the Coach.

“Should fans be worried about Conte’s statements? Absolutely not. It seems right to give fair recognition for what Conte has done, as we have repeatedly pointed out - Conte is a prepared Coach, a Coach who has had a profound effect in reaching the objectives achieved by the club, whilst clearly the concern from the fans is a wise concern.

“Can I imagine a Juventus without Conte? I can tell you that today I reserve appreciation for what Conte has demonstrated and is demonstrating, he is one of the best Coaches out there. That’s it.”

Juve missed out on the chance of making yesterday evening’s final, after a semi-final elimination to Benfica, who ultimately lost out to Sevilla on penalties.

“This is football, unfortunately we must accept the verdict of the field. Certainly there was regret because it was a goal that in our minds we could reach, but we did not succeed and that is football.

“Sunday’s celebrations? The protocol is the delivery of the Scudetto by Lega Calcio President Maurizio Beretta, then we will do a tour of the city by coach and there will be many other initiatives to give proper recognition to a team that has had a great season.”

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