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Sunday January 21 2018
Pepito could've had it all

New Jersey-born Italian Giuseppe Rossi was destined for a stellar career before suffering numerous long-term injuries, writes Nick Valerio.

Signed by global giants Manchester United at the tender age of 17, Giuseppe Rossi had the world at his feet. His three-year spell in England may have been mostly spent in the reserves, but the chance to learn under Sir Alex Ferguson was a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many professionals are blessed with, and the Parma youth product’s footballing education could not have got off to a better start.

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Sunday January 21 2018
Matuidi: ‘Crazy Serie A organisation’

Blaise Matuidi admits he has been surprised by the ‘crazy organisation’ of every team in Serie A since joining Juventus.

The French midfielder is in his first season with the Old Lady, having joined the Serie A champions from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

And speaking to Tuttosport, the 30-year-old admitted to having been taken aback by the tactical attention to detail deployed by Italian Coaches.

“I am very happy here, I acclimatised well because there is a style of football here that I really like,” Matuidi commented.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Lopez: 'Match Milan aggression'

Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez believes Milan are just as tough to face as Juventus. “We’ll have to match them on the level of aggression.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“I hear some suggesting this will be an easier game for us than Juventus, but that is absolutely not true,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

The Sardinians went into the two-week Winter break off the back of a controversial 1-0 loss to Juve.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Barzagli confirms contract talks

Andrea Barzagli confirms he is ready to sign a new contract with Juventus to 2019. “We both intend to keep going forward together.”

The defender’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season, but this new agreement would take him through to his 38th birthday.

“We spoke a few days ago with the club and the director, so I hope to sign a renewal soon,” Barzagli told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Spalletti: 'Nothing decisive yet'

Luciano Spalletti assures it’s “too early” for Inter-Roma to be decisive for fourth place and won’t rule them out of the Scudetto race either.

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Gasp: 'Napoli-Juve to the end'

Gian Piero Gasperini thinks this is the right year for Napoli to win the Scudetto and finish ahead of Juventus, but his Atalanta can change that.

It kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The Orobici are something of a taboo for Maurizio Sarri, having won three of their last four meetings between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Ballardini: 'Genoa are a team'

Davide Ballardini admits Genoa “might not be beautiful yet, but we are a team” as their clean sheet record is at risk against Juventus.

It kicks off on Monday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“The Winter break was really necessary, as the season started in July and there have been a lot of games. From the test results we’ve seen, it looks as if our players have continued their training schedule,” smiled the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday January 20 2018
Barzagli to extend with Juve

Andrea Barzagli has agreed a contract renewal with Juventus to June 2019 and will play on until his 38th birthday, it’s reported.

The defender’s current deal is due to expire at the end of this season.

He will turn 37 in May, so by the time the new contract runs out in June 2019, the centre-back will be 38 years old.

Barzagli first joined Juventus in January 2011 from VfL Wolfsburg, having spent three years in the Bundesliga.

His only other clubs were Firenze Rondinella, Pistoiese, Ascoli, Chievo and Palermo.

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Friday January 19 2018
Newcastle rejected for Lirola?

Juventus have reportedly rejected a bid in the region of €10m from Newcastle United for Sassuolo loanee Pol Lirola.

According to Calciomercato.com, Newcastle offered to cut Lirola’s loan short, but both Juve and Sassuolo agreed to knock back the proposal.

Consequently, the former Barcelona youngster is expected to see out the remainder of his two-year loan at Mapei Stadium, which expires this summer.

The 20-year-old has started the Neroverdi’s last five Serie A games after being benched for the six prior to those.

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Friday January 19 2018
Emre Can drops future hint

Juventus target Emre Can has vowed to “give everything” to Liverpool but only “until the end of the season.”

Can’s Liverpool contract expires this summer, and Juve have made no secret of their desire to sign the midfielder on a Bosman free transfer.

“I still have a contract here until the end of the season,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I give everything for the club, I will try to give everything for the club.

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