Saturday August 2 2014
Marotta: 'Vidal only sold if...'

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta confirmed Arturo Vidal “would only be sold if he wanted to leave” and ruled out Samuel Eto’o.

The general manager spoke at the presentation Press conference of new signing Romulo, who arrived from Verona on loan with option to buy for a total €7m.

“I want to thank Verona for their patience in getting the details of this negotiation process. Romulo’s option to buy will become mandatory if he plays in at least 60 per cent of the games this season.

“He is a versatile and eclectic player, so will be very useful for us.”

Marotta also confirmed Mauricio Isla will undergo his QPR medical tomorrow, on loan with option to buy, but shot down more questions on Manchester United’s interest in Vidal.

“We have already said Vidal is not on the market, but what the player wants is decisive. Vidal has never said he wants to leave and Juventus would only sell him if he wanted to leave.

“Obviously there are also some timing issues to fulfil such a request, but there’s absolutely no reason to even be discussing this now.”

Roma denied Portuguese reports they would pick up free agent Eto’o and Marotta said Juventus are in the same boat.

“With all due respect for the champion, he does not represent the profile we are looking for.

“The squad is more than competitive, but our market is not closed yet. We still need to do something in defence and attack.”

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