NEWS
Monday May 9 2016
Lippi: ‘Juventus won’t sell stars’

Marcello Lippi predicts Juventus will keep their stars this summer, and reveals he called Claudio Ranieri after Leicester City’s title win.

The former Italy CT won five Scudetti and the Champions League in two spells on the Bianconeri bench, and believes the Turin giants have returned to those levels.

“Juventus have made a huge leap in the last two seasons,” Lippi told Sky.

“I’m convinced that they have arrived in the leading group of European teams, and the proof is that they won’t sell their most important players.”

Claudio Ranieri was today given the Bearzot Prize after he led Leicester to the Premier League title, and Lippi congratulated the former Roma and Inter Coach.

“The great thing about Ranieri is that he’s taken a team that was saved on the last Sunday last season and won the League by 10 points.

“It’s an extraordinary thing, and I called him personally to tell him that.”

Finally, the World Cup winner was asked about his future, and that of the Azzurri.

“If something comes along that I like, I’ll consider it, but not Coaching,” Lippi said.

“Could I be involved in the FIGC? Everyone knows I’d like that, I’ve said it more than once, but I don’t know what the Federation’s plans are.

“There are many Coaches who could replace [current CT] Antonio Conte. Every day there are six, seven, eight names in the papers.

“I think the Federation will choose the right one. Is Fabio Cannavaro ready? I think they’re all ready, they all have their own characteristics.

“The 2006 World Cup? I made a bet with the players, where I said that if we reached the final I’d swim in the lake outside our hotel.

“The day before the final I pretended not to remember, but they reminded me. The problem was that it wasn’t water, it was slime!

“It wasn’t very nice…”

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