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Saturday May 14 2011
Chiellini rejects Real Madrid links

Giorgio Chiellini laughed off links to Real Madrid and told Juventus “changing Coach every year isn't helping.”

The defender is one of the big stars in Turin and has recently been the subject of transfer gossip in Spain.

Those stories intensified when Real President Florentino Perez was spotted at lunch with Juve director general Beppe Marotta on Thursday.

“I don't know anything about transfer rumours, I just know that I want to stay at Juventus,” Chiellini told the club website.

“As for Real Madrid, up until a few weeks ago the media said I already had my bags packed for a move to England.... I think the club is focusing on keeping me here.”

Juventus have failed to qualify for the Champions League and risk missing out on Europe altogether, so it looks as if Coach Gigi Del Neri will be axed in the summer.

“I think that changing Coach every year isn't helping. Del Neri is an exceptional person and an excellent tactician. The blame for this season has to be shared around between everyone,” noted Chiellini.

“Udinese probably deserve the fourth Champions League spot, even if I am struggling to believe we won't get into Europe.”

Because Palermo reached the Coppa Italia Final against already-qualified Inter, the Sicilians will go into the Europa League whether they win the trophy or not.

It means only the top six Serie A sides go into Europe – top three directly into the Champions League, fourth into the preliminary round, while fifth and sixth enter the Europa League.

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