Juve hopeful over duo
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus are hopeful Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved will stay at the club.
Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco claims Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved will stay at the club.
A number of top stars including Del Piero and Nedved have been linked with moves away from Juve in the wake of their relegation from Serie A.
Juventus expect to offload several players as a result of their demotion, but they remain hopeful of keeping some of their stars.
Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Czech ace Nedved, while several sides are thought to be monitoring Del Piero's situation.
However, Secco insists that both players are planning to stay at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
"I've spoken to Alex Del Piero, who told me he's staying along with Pavel Nedved," said Secco.
Secco also played down talk linking Milan with star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Milan have been leading the chase for the World Cup winner, but Christian Abbiati's move to Torino has cast a doubt over Buffon's switch.
Secco admitted Milan had enquired about signing Buffon in part exchange with Abbiati, but now Abbiati has moved elsewhere it has put a spanner in the works.
"With the sale of Abbiati to Torino, the chances of seeing Buffon move to Milan have decreased," added Secco.
"We spoke to Milan a few days ago about Buffon where they offered us money and Abbiati in exchange."
Secco also confirmed that Juventus were still in talks with Real Madrid about key trio Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson and Gianluca Zambrotta.
Real are keen to sign the trio, but Juventus are adamant they will only sell for the right price.
"We'll meet them again in a few days to talk more," said Secco.
"We are ready to sell players, but only at the right price."