Sunday May 18 2014
Marotta 'optimistic' on Conte

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta is “optimistic” on Antonio Conte’s future, but warned not to expect news today.

“There will certainly be no announcement today. This is the day for a celebration, the crowning moment of a wonderful season and we hope for the icing on the cake of 102 points,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

The final game is this afternoon against Cagliari and will be followed by the presentation of the Serie A trophy, then an open top bus parade through the streets of Turin.

“From tomorrow a new sporting season begins and the first thing to discuss is the coaching situation. We are all very calm and relaxed.

“There is absolutely optimism, as we consider Conte a great Coach and are very proud to have him with us. We’ll do all we can to keep him.

“Having said that, there are some issues that need to be confronted and based on those discussions we’ll see what happens.”

Marotta was also asked about reports of a bid for Barcelona talent Alexis Sanchez.

"Sanchez is a great player who every top club would like, so clearly Juventus would also love to have him, but we must take into account he is also a very expensive player."

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