Monday December 13 2010
Del Neri angers Buffon camp

Gigi Buffon's agent Silvano Martina is unhappy with Juventus Coach Gigi Del Neri after he told reporters that his client is no longer indispensable to the club.

Del Neri's relationship with Buffon has been frosty to say the least, partly because the goalkeeper rarely visited the club's training ground during his lengthy injury lay-off.

Buffon also missed a team photo opportunity to collect an award in Switzerland, which is known to have riled Del Neri earlier this season.

Speculation regarding the World Cup winner's future has been rife especially amid reports linking him with a move to Manchester United in the summer.

Until now Martina and Buffon have always underlined their commitment to Juventus, but Del Neri's comments last night prompted a terse response.

Speaking to Controcampo, Martina said: "It was a wretched interview. I didn't expect it was from a decent person like Del Neri.

"There was a lack of respect towards Buffon. If I were Juventus' President, I would have fined Del Neri."

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta wasted no time in outlining the club's position.

"Buffon is our player. There is the utmost respect for him. What Del Neri wanted to say is that the Coach is the manager of the group and that it's up to him to make the decisions."

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