Tuesday January 7 2014
Marotta: We will renew Pirlo

As Beppe Marotta reportedly probes Andrea Pirlo’s environment for indications, he comments: “There is no possibility of a separation.”

Juventus are believed set to open negotiations this February on extending Pirlo’s current contract beyond its expiry at the end of this season.

However, the Gazzetta dello Sport report that director general Marotta will look to pick up an indication from the player’s immediate environment on what his intentions may be.

Juve are seen to be preparing a two-year offer paying €4m per season to try and keep the playmaker in their ranks beyond this summer.

It is understood that Pirlo is looking for a three-year contract, with Tottenham said to still be pushing with their own offer, but Marotta has revealed his confidence on Juve’s position.

“With Pirlo there is no possibility of separation, I can say that his contract will be extended as soon as possible, since relations are excellent,” Marotta has told reporters today.

“The duration of his contract? We will let you know when it is defined.”

Marotta also commented on the continued speculation suggesting Paul Pogba may leave Turin.

“Pogba is very good and has the eyes of many big clubs on him, but Juventus are a great club. Soon we will meet his entourage, with whom we have a great relationship, and we will see what to do.

“As for Conte, he deserves credit for having put in place a great roadmap that has lasted three years.

“Thanks to him, the group is strong and flexible and we do not intend to sign anyone.”

Marotta was also asked of reports linking Fabio Quagliarella with a move to Fiorentina, to act as cover for Giuseppe Rossi.

“We have five strikers whose commitments we are counting on for the season. And those commitments for the season are still there, because let’s not forget that we are in the Europa League.

“Whilst it may have less value from a qualitative point of view, it requires greater consistency and a stronger commitment, because there are more games.

“We want to get to the final and for that we need a competitive squad. Then, it is down to what every player thinks.

“If Quagliarella has indicated his intention to be transferred, obviously we would take that into account, but at this time we have not had such a request.”

Meanwhile, the Old Lady is reportedly keeping an eye on Atalanta’s Under-21 international Daniele Baselli with a view to a summer move.

The 21-year-old regista is listed by the Gazzetta dello Sport as on the Bianconeri’s agenda, with contact anticipated between the clubs as soon as next month on arranging a summer transfer.

Baselli has managed 10 appearances for La Dea this season in Serie A, including three starts.