Monday May 9 2011
Udinese hope to keep stars

Udinese are hopeful that Champions League football next season will entice their star players to remain at the club.

The Stadio Friuli is regularly visited by scouts from Europe's top sides who come to monitor the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Gokhan Inler and Samir Handanovic.

However, with finishing fourth a real possibility now after their win over Lazio, patron Giampaolo Pozzo doesn't want the squad to break up.

"I hope that Sanchez, for example, stays with us," Pozzo told Radio Anch'io Lo Sport on Monday.

"I think it would be useful for him to stay another year in Udine. He'd enjoy himself and he would be able to taste European football in a calm manner.

"If individuals want to leave then we will have replacements and market options, but it is fundamental that the important players remain."

Pozzo nevertheless admits that it may be difficult to keep hold of their most-prized assets over the summer.

"Our desire is to strengthen the side, but the last word is with the players," he explained.

"Hopefully, if we qualify for the Champions League, then that would give them something to think about.

"However, the ambition of every great player is to play for a big club.

"I remember the Parma side of Tanzi who had good resources, but the likes of Gigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Turam and others moved on."

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