Juve chief - Ranieri safe
Juventus chief Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has rubbished talk that Claudio Ranieri's job is under threat.
Last Updated: 03/02/09 7:43pm
Juventus chief Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has rubbished speculation that Claudio Ranieri's job is under threat.
There has been speculation that the former Chelsea boss could be axed after defeats to Udinese and Cagliari in their last two Serie A games have seen Juve fall behind AC Milan into third in the table.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been linked with the post, but Cobolli Gigli says that Ranieri - whose side were unbeaten in seven league games until the two defeats - is safe in his job.
The Juve chief told Corriere dello Sport: "Ranieri will still be Juventus coach next year - there is no doubt about it.
"Claudio has three seasons left on his contract and we are in the habit of respecting our tacticians' deals.
"I can't see any reason why Ranieri shouldn't be with us going into 2010/11."
As regards the possibility of bringing in Werder Bremen midfielder Diego, Cobolli Gigli added: "I cannot say that Diego is our primary objective and I cannot confirm that he will come to us.
"We will have to see what happens in June when we look at things more seriously."