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Paratici: ‘No to Pogba and Milinkovic-Savic’

October 9, 2018

Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists the club is not interested in signing Paul Pogba or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Paratici was asked about both players at the Manlio Scopigno awards and was emphatic in his responses.

“We love him very much,” Paratici said Pogba.

“We’re connected to him, but we’ve never thought about it and we’re not going to think about it.

“Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? He’s a great player, but we haven’t spoken to him or Lazio.”

With general manager Giuseppe Marotta set to leave the club on October 25, Paratici has inevitably taken on more responsibility.

“Up until now I’ve managed quite well behind the scenes, not least due to my character. Now the situation will change a bit, but I’ll keep working to make Juventus as strong as possible.

“I dedicate this award to the person who raised me, and really for me he’s been a putative father: Dr Marotta.

“Could he go to Inter? I wouldn’t be surprised, because he’s a great director and one of the best of the past 10 years, perhaps along with [Adriano] Galliani, and the Nerazzurri are a great club.

“I only hope that he’s happy, and if that means being a director at a big Italian club, that’s fine.

“As for myself, I’ve never thought about changing, I’m in love with Juventus. I like the environment in which I work and I like the squad.

“Fortunately I have a very well prepared staff and I share my ideas with Pavel Nedved and the Coach.”

“Ronaldo? He’s probably the best player in the history of football, so his departure will obviously shift things.

“Cristiano is a very simple person and an excellent professional, he has all our support.

“How did the deal come about? We talk about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage.

“Real Madrid had a gentleman’s agreement with him, the ownership kicked things off and negotiations began.

“Does he make Juventus Champions League favourites? We have already achieved great results, we’ve reached two finals.

“We’ll always try to do better, but we know it’s not just down to planning, you need a bit of everything.”

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