Juve insistent over Trezeguet
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juve insist they will keep Man United target David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi.
Juventus insist they will keep World Cup stars David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi despite links with Manchester United and Internazionale.
Reports emanating out of Italy suggest Trezeguet's father, who acts as his agent, flew to England to meet with Old Trafford officials at the weekend.
But having already lost world class talent in Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Emerson, Patrick Vieira, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lilian Thuram as a result of the Italian match-fixing scandal, club president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli refuses to let any more players leave his squad.
"I don't know what they have in mind for Camoranesi and Trezeguet, but we won't give up. They will remain at Juve," Gigli stated.
Despite those assurances the Italian's agent Sergio Fortunato insists his charge would like a move to Italian rivals Internazionale now that negotiations with Lyon have broken down.
"Inter is a great team and it's what Mauro would like for his career from now on," Fortunato explained.
"He is looking for strong motivation and wants to play in a team that fights for the likes of the Champions League or the Scudetto.
"Inter has built a very strong team and Mauro has been seduced by the idea of playing there."
Meanwhile, Bianconeri have missed out on their only chance of playing in Europe this season after being knocked out of the Coppa Italia by their new Serie B rivals Napoli.
World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero scored twice in the game and converted his spot-kick, but could do nothing to prevent Juve going out 8-7 on penalties in a thrilling away tie.
Coach Didier Deschamps was obviously frustrated by the result, which saw Napoli progress to the last 16 of the competition, but had no complaints.
"It was a good match to watch and play. I can't reproach my guys for anything, they had the right spirit, but unfortunately there are situations where you're just unlucky," the Frenchman reflected.
"Del Piero isn't 100 percent for fitness, but he's still a cut above. But the season doesn't end here.
"The league is the most important thing for me, but we are disappointed because this competition was an opportunity to earn a European place."
Juve have refused to give up on their appeals against their penalties incurred as a result of the Italian match-fixing scandal.
While Lazio have refused to take their 11-point penalty up in the civil courts, the Stadio Delle Alpi side look set to take the matter out of the sporting courts unless the Italian Olympic Committee of Arbitration (CONI) will hear their case.
The Italian giants are determined to overturn their relegation to Serie B and that looks set to be the major sticking point, which will determine their next course of action.