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Wednesday April 6 2011
Marotta to redefine Juventus

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta believes the team needs redefining ahead of next season and admits interest in Andrea Pirlo and Michel Bastos.

Sunday's 2-0 win away to Roma has given Juventus a chance of qualifying for next year's Europa League and finishing the current campaign on a positive note.

Interviewed by Il Corriere dello Sport, Marotta said: "For me Juventus have collected fewer points than they deserve. We have never been able to count on our best 11 players. This is a fact.

"Now we have seven games left that could determine a year, transforming it from mediocre to quite positive."

Asked if he would have done anything different in his first season, Marotta replied: "Probably several things. Knowing the club more favours you.

"We arrived in May, inheriting a cycle that was coming to an end. There was a new one to open and we needed to understand whether to start a revolution or to make a change.

"A revolution would probably have left an even deeper impression and so we opted for a change. New players arrived: It was logical to pay a price and not to think about being immediately competitive at the top."

Marotta then addressed the position of Gigi Del Neri, whose future at the club beyond the end of this season remains uncertain.

"We have a two-year deal with the Coach. As for application and professionalism, he is considered by all of us in positive terms. We need to restore a team spirit to Juventus and he has done that very well.

"We are starting from the idea that Del Neri is our Coach. Then it's right to consider different scenarios."

Turning to Juventus' transfer strategy, Marotta revealed the club's intentions for Fabio Quagliarella and Alberto Aquilani.

"The former will be signed. The second 80 per cent. We'll go to talk with Liverpool about the €16m. The relationship is good. We have started to discuss it."

As for prospective new players, Marotta said: "It's no mystery that we are aiming for Michel Bastos. There is the problem of one non-EU spot per team in Serie A."

Pressed on Juventus' reported interest in signing Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo on a free transfer, Marotta smiled and said: "Well, Pirlo is in my thoughts… We'll see."

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