Udinese have confirmed that Jakub Jankto will stay at the club this month and not leave until a “suitable replacement” is signed.
Jankto has been linked with moves to Milan and the Premier League in recent weeks, but Udinese’s sporting director asserted the Czech midfielder would be going nowhere until at least the summer.
“Jankto won’t leave in January and we’ve said so several times,” Manuel Gerolin told Sportitalia.
“We want to keep our players until the summer because we’re in an interesting position in the table.
“At the end of the season, we’ll see what can be done, but we want to nurture our young players this season.
“We’ve received a lot of offers in Udine, it’s true, but our policy has always been the same and everyone knows that we want to finish the season with a group of players that can make the fans happy and maybe finish in a certain position, which we haven’t been able to for a couple of years.
“After that, before giving up our jewels, we have to find suitable replacements so we don’t get any weaker.”
The Zebrette are eighth in Serie A ahead of the season resuming this weekend, with Jankto contributing three goals and five assists.
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