Juve expect Aquilani talks
Juventus boss Giuseppe Marotta fully expects to make the loan signing of Alberto Aquilani permanent.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 20/02/11 10:40pm
Juventus boss Giuseppe Marotta fully expects to make the loan signing of Alberto Aquilani permanent in the summer.
The Italian is on loan from Liverpool, where he made a £20million move from Roma in 2009, and has rediscovered his form since returning to his homeland.
Aquilani has previously stated his desire to remain with the Turin giants and that now appears likely as Marotta plans a meeting with the Reds in the near future.
"Aquilani is a player of value and is doing very well, we're happy," said Marotta.
"He has to feel comfortable because the fact that we took him on loan didn't mean that we had to evaluate him.
"His qualities have been known since he played in the youth of Roma and in the national team.
"In due time we'll meet with Liverpool and we will do everything to keep him with us."
With doubts surrounding the future of club legend Alessandro Del Piero, whose contract expires this summer, Marotta has calmed fears the veteran could leave.
"The doors at Juventus are open for Del Piero," Marotta said of a possible contract renewal.
"Alex is a great professional, our captain, and has given so much to Juve. We are discussing the economic aspects but we are making progress and we are optimistic.
"Del Piero is not out of shape, in addition to the technical qualities he also possesses human and professional qualities."