19.07.2013 17:53 - in: The team S

    Marotta hails productive pre-season in Chatillon

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    The Bianconeri CEO comments on the club’s preparations in Val d’Aosta before discussing the latest transfer market developments

    Giuseppe Marotta has expressed his satisfaction with how the Bianconeri’s pre-season preparations are unfolding after visiting Antonio Conte and his squad this afternoon in Chatillon.

    The Juventus CEO took the opportunity to speak about the club’s ever-strengthening bond with the region of Val d’Aosta whilst also praising the fans for the magnificent reception afforded to Italy’s reigning champions.

    Addressing reporters at Juventus Summer Village, Marotta began: “We’re extremely happy with how this year’s pre-season preparations are going. We’re back here as champions again and the public has responded in a fitting manner.

    “The relationship with Val d’Aosta continues and now our academy teams are also coming here to conduct their pre-season.”

    Marotta has worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that Conte is equipped with a competitive squad capable of challenging both domestically and in Europe.

    And whilst admitting the arrivals of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Angelo Ogbonna have bolstered an already “strong” group of players, he refused to rule out further signings.  

    “The recent arrivals have fitted in well. We’ve moved early to assemble a very competitive squad. Considering the foundations are already strong, comprised of players who have lifted us to two consecutive league titles, we can already consider ourselves satisfied, even though we’ll continue to monitor the transfer market should any decent opportunities arise.

    “The competition has certainly increased following the arrival of such important players. But this can only positive in a squad that’s about to embark on a long season with plenty of fixtures.”

    A recurring theme on the back pages in the past few days has concerned the potential departure of Chilean full-back Mauricio Isla to Inter.

    Setting the record straight, Marotta added: “Inter have shown interest in Isla. We listened to their proposal, evaluated the economic offer and asked the manager’s opinion. The player isn’t currently on the market.”

    The CEO concluded his meeting with the media by mapping out the Bianconeri’s clear vision for the upcoming campaign.

    “We’ll aim to reclaim our title in Italy and go even further in Europe. However, given the recent acquisitions made by the main foreign teams, we know it won’t be a straightforward task.”

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