Sunday April 21 2013
Marotta: 'Pirlo ultimate professional'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta praised Andrea Pirlo and commented on those Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumours ahead of tonight’s game with Milan.

“Pirlo personifies the profile of a great player, both in terms of quality and his professionalism. More than fortune, it was a favourable coincidence and we made the most of it,” he said of the free transfer from Milan.

“We know that sides like Juventus are obligated to win always. We have to get the most from every game until we have mathematically won the Scudetto.”

Agent Mino Raiola told the media this weekend that Ibrahimovic would be ideal for a return to Juventus.

“Raiola does his job, which is to sell a champion like Ibrahimovic. Juventus, just like every other Italian club, are not prepared to support such a big contract, especially as the wages include taxes.

“If he were to reduce his wages, then I imagine many teams would come in for him. I’m fairly sceptical about that, to be honest, especially as it would have to be a radical cut.

“Juventus have certainly won back their international appeal. When we arrived it was difficult to work on the transfer market, as every player we contacted expressed reservations due to the tough seasons we went through.

“We have rediscovered our appeal in Italy and abroad, so agents are daily coming to us in order to offer important players.

“The Coach and club are in sync, so we’ll discuss the strategy together after the end of the season. We’ll try to make him as happy as possible, but we are still administrators of a business and in financial terms Italian clubs are having trouble competing with the European giants.”

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