Thursday April 12 2012
Nesta, Seedorf, Balo? Juve say no

Juventus have denied any transfer interest in Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Mario Balotelli.

The Old Lady have been linked with the Milan pair amid reports that Andrea Pirlo has spoken to them about joining him in Turin, while Balotelli could be made available by Manchester City in the summer.

“It’s one thing to talk to players and another to negotiate,” Juve director general Beppe Marotta commented.

“We, as a club, are not used to asking our players to conduct transfer talks for us. That is not the way that we work here.

“We only moved for Pirlo ourselves after we spoke to Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani first. We have a good and proper relationship with them.

“We have a very valid squad, we are working out a strategy and these two players are a long way from our thinking.”

Juventus signed Pirlo on a Bosman and whispers are suggesting that the Old Lady want to make similar moves for the Milan pair given that they just have a matter of months left on their deals.

Turning to the question of Balotelli, Marotta insisted that he would not be getting involved in any auction for the Italian.

“A lot of people are interested, but we are out of it,” added the former Sampdoria official.

“I hope that he stays at City, where the club and the directors have focused on him a lot. I hope he finds a balance and the mentality to become a champion.”

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