Atalanta stand firm over stars
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Atalanta have no intention of selling their star names in January.Atalanta president Ivan Ruggeri has no intention of selling star names Andrea Lazzari, Ricardo Montolivo and Giampaolo Pazzini in January.
The club are in dire straits at the foot of the table and there has been talk that the club's young stars will be sold during January's transfer window.
"If in January it will be necessary, we will enter the market," said Ruggeri. "But it will be done without selling Pazzini (pictured), Montolivo and Lazzari.
"They will remain with us at least until June.
"They are eyed by many teams; we have received requests from Germany and Spain too, but before they move they must help the coach in achieving salvation."
Ruggeri also reaffirmed he has no intention of sacking coach Andrea Mandorlini.
Mandorlini signed a long term deal earlier in the year, but he is under intense pressure following Atalanta's poor advent to the campaign.
Atalanta sit bottom of Serie A, some four points adrift of the rest of the table, but Ruggeri claims it is not his policy to replace managers during the course of a season.
"I believe in the ability of this coach and can you guarantee that a new one will make things better?" Ruggeri told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Mandorlini knows these players better than anyone.
"In 11 years I have only one coach and that was in the final days of the season to try and shake up the team.
"With Mandorlini we have formulated a plan based on results and positive play.
"A few months ago I renewed his contract until 2006, but I still hear talk about his sacking. All this talk is totally groundless."