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Saturday May 23 2020
Pozzo: 'June 13 too early for Udinese games'

Udinese resumed group training today, but patron Giampaolo Pozzo continues to insist Serie A should not start as early as June 13.

A statement from the club confirmed all their players and staff tested negative for COVID-19, so by sticking to the medical protocol, they will begin contact training from this afternoon.

The plan is to start Serie A games from either June 13 or June 20, with Udinese one of those pushing for a delay.

“It’s not me saying that June 13 is too early, but the fitness staff who ask that,” Pozzo told Il Gazzettino newspaper.

“I didn’t invent anything, I just gave voice to the staff and wanted to protect the physical fitness of our players. The restart is going to have many hidden dangers, above all for injuries.

“Having said that, all we can do is wait for the situation to be made official.”

Pozzo was also asked about the transfer market and the several Udinese players who could move on this summer.

“We fully share with Juan Musso the idea another season here would be good for his development. Rodrigo De Paul has already reached maturity and is now a very reliable player, so there’s no point denying he will one day join a top club.

“We need to evaluate Rolando Mandragora’s situation, as we’d be happy if he were to stay in Udine, but we’re also aware that might not be what happens.”

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