Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin insists he has no problem with the outfit’s selling policy. “This is what the club do.”
The Bianconeri have qualified for the preliminary round of the Champions League for the second successive season, but they have again opted to sell their best players.
They cashed in on Cristian Zapata, Gokhan Inler and Alexis Sanchez last summer, while they have already waved goodbye to Samir Handanovic to Inter, as well as releasing Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah to Juventus this time around.
“There has always been a clear dialogue between myself and the club,” the tactician stated. “The relationship we have is good.
“Whoever Coaches at this club is aware of how they operate and the results over the last few years underline that the Pozzo family can be trusted.
“It is clear that fans are going to be unhappy with the sales, but the club have always worked well with such a philosophy.”
Udinese cast a wide net when looking for new talent and Guidolin admits that he’s not very familiar with some of the new recruits.
“I don’t know who the new signings are, but if Udinese have signed them then it means that they have quality,” he continued.
“The loss of Handanovic? He is the best goalkeeper in Europe and he has grown a lot with us. The same thing will happen to who replaces him. We have to work on creating a new Samir.”
Asked about the outfit’s targets for the new campaign, Guidolin characteristically insisted that survival was the objective.
“We’ll look to cause all teams problems, but the first priority is to reach 40 points. We need to forget the 130 points that we have netted over the last two years.”