Wednesday July 23 2014
Elkann: Conte a surprise, but…

John Elkann, head of the majority shareholders of Juventus, says Antonio Conte’s exit was a ‘surprise’, but that the club ‘is stronger than the individual’.

Elkann is President of Exor, the company that hold more than 60 per cent shares in the Bianconeri, and he is also one of the heirs to the Agnelli family.

Considering the change in management at the club facilitated by Conte’s exit last week, the American-born patron admitted his surprise, but also considered his optimism.

“It was a surprise, but the same as Conte has said, when you lack the motivation it is hard to move forward,” Elkann has told reporters today.

“It was a very good period for Juve, but Juve is stronger than the individual.

“We have before us a great future beyond Conte.

“Allegri now has a great responsibility, as does any Coach of Juventus.

“This responsibility is felt by all of those who work at Juventus because ahead of us we have so many important things and a great future.”

Elkann was asked for his view on continued speculation linking Arturo Vidal with an exit.

“The transfer market is open, there are those who are looking after it very well.”