Juve CEO expresses his satisfaction with the club's summer transfer dealings: "We've maintained the spine of our team and added players who further bolster what was already a very competitive squad"
This afternoon's family get-together at Villar Perosa offered fans the perfect opportunity to come out in support of their heroes and proudly display the Bianconeri colours, while at the same time giving journalists the chance to quiz Giuseppe Marotta on Juve's recent transfer activity.
Reflecting on the comings and goings at the club this summer, the Juventus CEO declared that he was extremely satisfied with the deals that have been done: "We've managed to hit all our targets. We've maintained the spine of our team and added players who further bolster what was already a very competitive squad."
With the transfer window due to slam shut in less than two weeks' time, Marotta then looked forward: "We'll see what happens over the next ten days, if there's perhaps an opportunity to bring in a forward, though it would in any case be a relatively low-cost deal. Besides anything else, we have Coman who is displaying every ounce of his talent and who could well develop into a very special player.
"Considering that Barzagli's recovery is moving along much more quickly than initially expected and the positive start Marrone has made, we'll begin the season with the same defensive options that we currently have available to us."
One of the names that has featured prominently in the newspapers this summer is Arturo Vidal's. Marotta explained: "This whole saga has been inflated by the media. The reality is that no negotiations have ever taken place, firstly because we never wanted to sell the player and secondly because he signed a new contract not long ago and has never expressed any desire to leave.
"Indeed, it is often the player's wishes that prove decisive in these things. Take Storari, for example. He'd like to be able to take up the opportunity Sassuolo have offered him. At the moment we don't have an alternative who is equally reliable but even if we weren't able to grant his wish, he'd be more than happy to remain here with us."
Finally, Marotta commented on Antonio Conte’s appointment as the new Italy coach: "A hugely successful period is bound to Antonio's name. I can now publicly wish him all the best in his new job, having already done so in private."