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Friday June 19 2015
Allegri: 'Mandzukic will do well'

Max Allegri welcomed Mario Mandzukic to Juventus, but admits Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo must decide their next steps.

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia during the launch of his training camp for young players.

“It has been an important year. We fell just short at the Final, but it was a good Champions League campaign. At the decisive moment in that Final, the next goal would win. Unfortunately, Barcelona scored it.

“We should’ve defended better on the first goal and Gigi Buffon did well to prevent 2-0 in the first half, but after that it was a good and even game.”

Juventus are revamping this summer with Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid, as Carlos Tevez is heading back to Boca Juniors.

They also signed Sami Khedira on a free transfer and Paulo Dybala from Palermo for approximately €40m.

“All of them can play, as during the season there will be room for everybody. We went all the way in every competition because of the strength in depth.

“It’s not that we have to replace Tevez, but rather sign players and evaluate the playing style. Mandzukic has arrived, we have Simone Zaza, Kingsley Coman, Alvaro Morata and Dybala – all young players of great quality.

“By the end of the transfer window I could have 10 players in the squad born after 1990.

“Mandzukic scored goals in every League, has strong character, is of an international level and will do well. We signed Mandzukic because we specifically wanted him. He’s a great player and I am very happy.”

There are strong reports that Allegri has requested Chelsea talent Oscar as well.

“We are completing the squad. You can have money to spend, but if the parent clubs don’t want to sell, then you can have €1bn and not get anywhere.

“Will we sign a winger who can play 4-3-3? The last pick could well have those characteristics, yes.”

While Tevez is on his way out, Pirlo and Pogba are also considering their futures.

“Pirlo has to decide whether to continue at certain levels or have an experience abroad. He will tell the club after four extraordinary years. He was decisive again this season.

“The club has no need to sell Pogba, but it will also depend on what the player wants. I spoke to him and he’s happy to stay. He is young and still needs time at Juventus to grow.

“He has a long career in front of him, plus Juve are a big club and he’ll have the right motivation for another important year.”

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