Written By Onyeka Daniel
Since the start of this season, when the summer transfer window was in the full swing, the future of Juventus pair, Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa has been uncertain with reports that the club is looking to sell them to raise funds, but in the end, they both stayed. Notwithstanding, that hasn’t stopped the talks of a possible exit for the pair, especially for the Serbian striker.
In a new twist, Vlahović has revealed that talks are already ongoing between his agent and club sporting director Cristiano Guintoli over a renewal at the club. Of course, there has been talk about him signing a new deal at the club soon, with the club also speaking to Chiesa’s agent for a renewal too. The Serbian seems to have returned to form this season and while injuries have held him back, he did score against Inter in the 1-1 draw in the Derby D’Italia recently.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the striker was asked about his future and he confirmed talks. “I still have two and a half years left on my contract, we’re in no rush but Giuntoli and my agent are already talking. I’m very happy to be here.” In the summer, the ex-Fiorentina man was linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. He was asked about whether he thought about leaving the Old Lady in the summeer.
He said: “No, I was always sure I wanted to stay. The voices are always there and they are part of the game, if we start listening to everyone we can go crazy. I isolated myself and only thought about the pitch and in the end, I’m very happy to have stayed. It was what I wanted.”
The 23-year-old has played 11 Serie A games this season, scoring five goals and racking up one assist. While it still isn’t as much as he would like to score, Vlahović seems to be enjoying himself and has managed to form a very reliable partnership with Federico Chiesa. In a related development, the club management have indicated that there has been no such approach for the Bianconeri, nor have they have been soliciting buyers or investors in any form.
John Elkann, the CEO of Exor (the holding company that owns Juventus among a number of other business ventures) clarified during today’s Investor Day that there have been no approaches for the Bianconeri. “We have not been approached by any foreign fund nor have we done so [approach others]. It is a prospect that does not interest us. The current summit has solved all the problems in the sporting field, now we we can focus on the future.
“For Juventus this is year zero and the capital increase is necessary to get through this year zero and give the strength to face the next three years with ambition on and off the pitch to excel.” Last month a capital increase of nearly €200 million was approved, with Exor — who owns a 64% stake in the club — making the initial payment of €80m.
As far as how the team is doing this season, sitting comfortably in second place with over a third season already in the books, Elkann was satisfied, also referencing the financial issues that saw the Board stepping down last season as well as a ten point penalty imposed on the club.
“A point against Inter is an important result. The championship is still long, there are very strong teams. It does make me happy to see Juventus so high, it confirms how important it was to resolve internal problems, when there are no external concerns there is a greater chance of obtaining results.”
When asked how he felt about coach Massimiliano Allegri and how he was doing, the financier was supportive of the Mister. “The coach has won many trophies, we hope to win more. That’s what he also hopes for. It’s a stimulating championship, we’re there, there are teams very strong. In the Italian Cup It is a very long journey.”
Roma are said to be keen on Monza coach Raffaele Palladino in the event that current boss Jose Mourinho leaves the club in the coming months. The Special One is into the final year of his contract with the Giallorossi.
His deal ties him to the Stadio Olimpico until June 30 2024. Mourinho had been subject of interest from Saudi Arabia, where it was reported he would become one of the most highly-paid coaches on the planet, however, he later decided that his immediate future was best spent in Rome. However, according to reports from Calciomercato, the subject of a contract extension has not yet been addressed in conversations between Mourinho’s representatives and the club board.
For Mourinho, it is not a case of money, otherwise he would have accepted the offers from the Middle East in the summer, the report further stated. There are suggestions, though, that Mourinho has done all that he can with the current restrictions the club have imposed on them. If Mourinho were to move on at the end of the season, it has been suggested that the current favourite to take over is Palladino, who has impressed since taking over at Monza just ver a year ago.
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At 39 years of age, he is currently the youngest coach in Serie A. He had spent a year in charge of Monza’s Primavera side , before being appointed to the first team role last September. Though the club were bottom of the league at the time of his appointment, Palladino was able to guide Monza to a respectable 11th place finish, achieving safety with six league matches to spare.
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