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Saturday July 19 2014
Marotta: 'Finalising more deals'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta praised Alvaro Morata and promised “we are finalising other deals over the next few days.”

The general manager spoke at the presentation Press conference for Morata, who arrived from Real Madrid for €20m.

“Morata is a young player born in October 1992. He comes from Real Madrid and is one of the world’s best talents.

“He won the European Under-21 Championship with Spain, winning the Golden Boot, took part in the recent Champions League victory and over seven seasons at Real Madrid has developed a winning mentality.”

The transfer took longer than expected and the details are still not entirely clear.

Juve paid €20m to take Morata, but Real Madrid have a buy-back option of up to €30m depending on the number of games he plays for the Bianconeri.

“It was a very difficult negotiation process because Real Madrid wanted to keep him,” explained Marotta.

“At the end of the day, his desire to come to Juventus won out. The player signed a five-year contract. For the first two years the player is entirely ours, then there is a very complicated contract that I won’t outline in its entirety here.

“We have a very strong rapport with Real Madrid and will discuss it later along the line, but the fact he signed a five-year contract shows we are determined to keep him.”

Marotta was naturally asked whether the transfer strategy had changed with Antonio Conte’s sudden departure, to be replaced by Massimiliano Allegri.

“There is no revolution, even if the Coach changed. We don’t need massive changes, as this is a winning group that secured five trophies in three years between Scudetti and Super Cups.

“Conte was a great leader, we worked with a great club and fans. We will try to work on the market finding the players who are the right mix of quality and price.

“We are finalising some other deals and hope to announce them formally over the next few days.”

Those are expected to be Roberto Pereyra from Udinese on loan with option to buy for €12m and Patrice Evra from Manchester United.

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