Sunday May 26 2019
Paratici: 'Juve never contacted Guardiola'

Juventus director Fabio Paratici confirmed they won’t announce a new Coach until “all competitions have concluded, but we never contacted Pep Guardiola.”

The Bianconeri end their Serie A season this evening against Sampdoria and you can follow all the action on the LIVEBLOG.

All eyes are already focused on the future and who will be on the bench next season.

“We don’t need to create headlines or go for one upmanship, we just have to build the best possible squad. We will act in accordance with the directives of our new Coach, so must wait for him before we make any moves,” the director of sport told DAZN.

There have been many reports around Max Allegri’s replacement, including Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, Simone Inzaghi of Lazio, Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic and Pep Guardiola.

“We have clear ideas and are evaluating the situation. Until all the competitions have concluded, it seems only fair to remain quiet, out of respect for everyone.”

Paratici was asked specifically about the link with Manchester City boss Guardiola.

“It’s a strange world, this. We’ve never had contact with Guardiola and never thought about him. He is under contract, so it all seems very strange. We know this is what our world is like and we have to accept that.”

Considering the only remaining tournaments to be played are the Champions League and Europa League Finals, it stands to reason the Coach Juventus are targeting is Sarri or Pochettino.

Paulo Dybala starts this evening and he told reporters on Friday that he wanted to remain in Turin, despite his own brother’s comments to the contrary.

“He is a great player, he is ours and we have a great deal of faith in him, as proved by the investment we made to bring him here and the recent contract renewal.”