Davids future up in the air
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus defeated their Serie A rivals on penalties in New York but Dutch midfielder Davids was omitted from the team.
Davids has just one year remaining on his contract in Turin and has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea during the summer.
Big-spending Chelsea have had an £8 million bid snubbed by Juve with the Italian champions generally taking the stance Davids will not be leaving Stadio Delle Alpi.
But Davids's failure to play against Milan has revived the transfer rumours although Juve insist he was absent purely because the Dutch international is not in peak form.
"He didn't play because he's been struggling for form," said general manager Luciano Moggi. "Davids is a great player and he's not been punished at all."
Davids is expected to meet Juve officials this week and discuss his current situation with the club's paymasters regarding whether his demands will be too excessive for a contract extension.
Chelsea may resurrect their bid to sign Davids if they are unable to prise Juan Sebastian Veron from United's grasp while The Red Devils may move for the combative midfielder if they sell the Argentine to Stamford Bridge.