Cagliari have kept hold of Juventus target Radja Nainggolan and claimed that it was their intention to do so all along.
Where the player had spent the transfer window denying rumours of a winter switch to Turin, club President Massimo Cellino reportedly claimed that the player did want to leave, whilst links to Juve continued to grow into the final day of the window.
Cellino also revealed that he had an understanding in place with the Bianconeri’s general manager Beppe Marotta over the Belgian international’s future transfer.
However, in expressing his happiness at Nainggolan staying in Sardinia at the close of transfer trading on Tuesday, general manager Francesco Marroccu that Cellino was in agreement that he stayed, and also hinted that a future deal to Juve is not so clear-cut.
“Nainggolan has never expressed a desire to leave,” he told TuttoCagliari.net.
“The President has a pact of honour with Marotta and Juventus, but there is no final agreement, nothing set for definite, before June so many things can change.
“The goal of Cellino was to retain Nainggolan at Cagliari. Juventus were entirely proper with us, you must give credit to the Bianconeri’s management.”
There were reports of a three-way transfer deal for Cesena’s Marco Parolo - Juve were rumoured to be buying the midfielder in order to send him to Cagliari in exchange for Nainggolan, but Marroccu told Sky this was not true.
“With Cesena player there was the usual scouting, but nothing concrete.”
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