Friday April 13 2012
New deal for Conte, not Del Piero

Juventus are willing to offer a new contract to boss Antonio Conte, but there are no signs of an Alessandro Del Piero re-think.

“A renewal for Conte is almost automatic,” director general Beppe Marotta stated when asked about the tactician.

“He has a relationship of respect and friendship with the club and President Andrea Agnelli. He is the guarantor of our project. I think an agreement will be reached quickly.”

Conte, a former club captain, moved to Turin in the summer from Siena where he put pen to paper on a two-year agreement.

He arrived at the club as a 4-2-4 man, but his evolving 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 tactics have led the unbeaten Old Lady to the top of the table, as well as the Coppa Italia Final.

While Conte will stay, Marotta refused to open the door for a Del Piero renewal once his contract expires in the summer.

“Del Piero is an example,” the official noted. “There are no words to describe what he can deliver in terms of emotions and performances.

“Champions like Del Piero are rare and it is impossible to immediately find a footballer like him. It takes time to become a champion.

“A new deal? We are not focused on the dynamics of the future, we are concentrating on the present. Right now we want to turn our dreams into reality.”

The club announced last October that Del Piero, now 37, would leave his beloved Old Lady once his deal ends in June.

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