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Patrice Evra agrees two-year Juventus deal

May 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

Patrice Evra has confirmed that he will remain at Juventus and sign new two-year contract.

The French full-back has been an important influence at the club over the last two seasons and he was widely expected to agree a renewal to his contract, despite reports linking him with a return to England.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Evra is quoted as saying”Yes, I gave my consent to the club, I’ll stay for another two years.”

Evra has featured heavily this season, playing 33 games in total, scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists across all competitions.

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    Moderator May 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I know he took a lot of shit or his mistake against Bayern……but he was also one of the reasons we turned our season around. Look at how muc Pogba looks up to him, Lemina too. If nothing else, i hope having Patrice around for a while longer will encourage Pogba to remain in Turin and get us that CL trophy.
    This is great news !

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    BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I just read we have signed Simone Ganz from Como on a free transfer, anyone who knows if this is true?

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      Moderator May 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

      I read that it was a doen deal a while back, still not sure if it’s ‘official’ yet, James – It’s an iteresting move, if true

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      Moderator May 23, 2016 at 11:52 am

      You are right James – Here’s a quote from his father at the start of the month:

      “Simone has signed a four-year deal with Juventus who now will send
      him out on loan. We will see if the club will want to send him back for
      another year in Serie B or directly to another Serie A club. If it is to
      be Udinese, it would be amazing, I would be very happy.”

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        BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

        That’s exciting indeed, especially as a free agent. Perhaps a loan to Udinese is a good idea! Or perhaps Crotone or Bologna too, as long as he gets go play there

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          Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

          Here’s another idea – If Zaza is unhappy and we were to sell him on to a PL club for lots of $$$$$$$, we could keep Simone as a 3rd/4th choice striker. It would be a major gamble….but it might work?

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            BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm

            Maybe, I dont know much of Ganz. But if Zaza is sold and Morata maybe too, I think we will need the dough for top level replacement. Mandzukic also has injuries now and then, so depth will be necessary!

            And Dybala cant play everything either yet

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    BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 11:25 am

    And on topic: I think it is great to have Evra around for another season – perhaps two. He is a leading figure and his experience is a vast richness that we shouldn’t undervalue

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    Moderator May 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

    A little off Topic, but with LVG having just left United and Mourinho on the way, The Guardian wrote an article about him being given 150m to spend and various targets he wants, including Juve players, namely Morata – Here’s a little except:

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      BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Him and Guardiola for the Manchester derby, it just had to happen eh!

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        Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        it’s gonna be fantastic ! I’ve always given the Pl a wide berth I watch the odd game here and there…..but next season will be fantastic – Emery might be taking over at Everton – Add in Guidolin, Pochettino and so many others….it’ll be a real spectacle!

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          BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm

          Too bad its all for the PL! But Inlike all the Italian coaches there. Conte, Ranieri, Guidolin, Mazzarri..

          At least one aspect of Italian football that is still world class!

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            Moderator May 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

            So many quality coaches in the PL now – Barely a single British manager but 4 italians ? Damn, what does that say about Italian football and tactics !

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            BelgianJuventino May 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

            I cant even name one British coach who is of that level of quality! Ferguson isnt coaching anymore so he doesnt count eh!

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            Dar Black May 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

            ” what does that say about Italian football and tactics !”
            More to the point, what does it say about English football and tactics? As an englishman I think I know what it says…..

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      ADP#10 May 24, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Hahahahaha 150M each! Talk about putting United in it’s place.

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    Moderator May 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Another bit of Juve news that doesn;t warrant a new post, but is worth reporting – Allegri said the following about Morata today:

    “He’s a young guy and needs to stay at Juve for a few years, he needs to grow. But I have very strong options in attack.”

    I take it as a ‘You know you will be better off here, but if you want to go, then go ahead’ kind of answer from Allegri.

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      BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      And he is right too, that is how it is. If he doesnt want to stay then he should move on.

      But I understand playing under the coach who gave you your debute and for a team as United as starter is tempting..

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        Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        i suppose the rapport is there, and he would be given a starting slot at one of the biggest clubs in the world – Perhaps he needs the attention and adoration ? At the same time, he has been superb for Juve, when given the time and chances to play in his given position.

        I think Marotta said it would be resolved after the CL final ? The sooner the better. I hate this kind of stuff – Better to just move on if you’re not happy

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          BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

          For me personally, he should not have lost his place to Mandzukic. Yes he had a bad spell, but he is superior to big Mario. If he considers his starting spot lost here, it is perhaps playing in Uniteds favour.

          I hope it gets resolved soon as well, I am tired already of the speculation. And if he does leave, we need all the time we can get to find suitable replacement

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            Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

            i think the MM v Morata situation is down to how MM plays – He makes space for Dybala to operate in – Alvaro and Dybala are too alike, in some ways. There’s always the chance that they work on it over the summer and start pairing the two together

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            BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

            Its what I am mulling over and over again mate, is MM the better starter/Dybala partner?

            Individually Morata is better. Far better. I dont like how Mandzukic is nearly invisible or in the heart of defense at times, he leaves no reference point up top.

            Plus Morata can produce moments of genius and MM not at all.

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      Marco Basile May 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      If Morata leaves I think the obvious replacement would be Lacazette. Similar qualities.

      So I hope to see this issue resolved as soon as possible since Lacazette has many offers to choose from.

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    BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Another thing I thought of: considering Uniteds interest in André Gomes and Mourinho as their coach, they have another weapon to get their man.

    They are both Portuguese and I think that may lead to Gomes choosing United.

    We have to be fast to identify our targets and get them. No hesitating or we will end up with mediocracy

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      Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      ….plus Mourinho and Gomes share the same agent: Mendes 🙂

      He is heading there, of that much i’m close to certain !

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        BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        That too! Better forget about Gomes. Which means we really should fly for Pjanic, Bayern and Barca are sniffing around him too

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    Moderator May 23, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Conte names his 30-man, prelimnary Euro 2016 squad :
    Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Rugani, Sturaro and Zaza called up….

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      BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Good to see Rugani and Zaza there!!

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        Moderator May 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        As long as the Juve players all return without injury, i’m happy

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          BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

          Cmon Rav, where is the Azzurri spirit?! Though I hope the same, its bad enough as it is with Marchisio already

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            Moderator May 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

            I know mate, i know ! 😉
            After the season we’ve had, and with the way our players always get injured when they’re away…..i will watch and enjoy Euro 2016, but always with a sense of trepidation !

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      BelgianJuventino May 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      So of this list, 7 players need to be dropped.
      Personally I’d drop: Astori, Ogbonna, Benassi, Giaccherini, Montolivo, Motta and Zappacosta.

      No need for 6 CB’s and if there is some crisis, De Rossi can be used as one too. Giaccherini is a Conte man, we all know that, but I don’t see how he should start any game. I admit to pick Motta here because I don’t like him at all. Montolivo is also not what I want to see in the Azzurri squad.

      I would have added Pirlo though, not having Marchisio and Verratti is crippling to our midfield already.
      And this tiny voice in the back of my head says Conte should bring Balotelli too, but that ship has probably sailed already. Still, Balo in a good day is better than any of these strikers

      Also, no Berardi? I don’t mind Giovinco’s absence at all.

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      ADP#10 May 24, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Hmmmmm my opinion is this:

      For the goalkeepers, instead of having Marchetti in there, I would’ve gone with Donnarumma. I think he is at least the 3rd best Italian GK right now so should have made the squad on that basis alone, but it would also given him great international exposure which may have helped him and the Azzurri in the future.

      For the defenders, I think Ogbonna won’t make the cut. The rest look good. BBC should start. The rest is fine.

      For the midfielders; Sturaro, Benassi, and one more will probably not make the cut. For the widemen, Zappacosta looks unlikely. The rest is fine. Pirlo didn’t even deserve to make the squad based on his 2014-15 season, and surely he must be descending further in form since then.

      There is no way Immobile deserves to be there, so if Conte only takes 4 strikers to France, then he should be cut. Balotelli has no right to make the squad. Giovinco was maybe an outside chance, but his average 2 and a 1/2 seasons for Juve before he left for Toronto is probably the reason why Conte excluded him.

      Overall, I’d like to see the Azzurri play a 3-4-3, just in order to incorporate all the best players.

      Buffon; Barzagli-Bonucci-Chiellini; Florenzi-De Rossi-Bonaventura-Darmian; Candreva-Zaza-Insigne/El Sharaawy

      Not a great starting XI apart from the defence and GK, I doubt the Azzurri will get past the quarters…