Friday, June 26, 2009

De Ceglie Suffers Ankle Injury – Will Be In Pinzolo In Mid-July

As per schedule, this morning Paolo De Ceglie left Sweden and returned to Turin. The Under 21 European Championship came to an early end for him due to the injury suffered during Tuesday’s match against Byelorussia.

The young player from Valle D’Aosta underwent clinical tests which confirmed the first diagnosis done by the national team’s medical staff, that is an injury to the internal compartment of the left ankle.

De Ceglie will therefore have to undergo treatment and the necessary physiotherapy in order to be able to join the summer camp in Pinzolo on the 18th of July, the day which will also see the return of Marchisio and Giovinco, the other two bianconeri who formed part of Italy’s European squad.

The expedition is not yet over. Without De Ceglie and Marchisio (due to suspension), the azzurrini will be in action tomorrow Friday 26th June against Germany in the second semi-final.
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Del Piero stays calm

Alessandro Del Piero is not worried by Juventus' reluctance to offer him a new contract, his brother Stefano claims.

The 34-year-old, who has made 603 appearances for the Bianconeri, will be a free agent at the end of next season.

Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli recently said the club would deal with the situation in time.

At the moment, the Bianconeri are busy with other matters, namely signing Gaetano D'Agostino.

“I just got back from holiday, but I have followed everything that has been written about Alex,” said Stefano, who also acts as his brother's agent.

“We have no comments to make with regard to these rumours. We are calm. We listen to everything that is said and we don't have particular worries.

“This is a period in which there aren't any games, so it's normal that these kind of rumours come out.

“In the formations of the summer, Alex always comes to be left out, but then over the course of the season he reveals himself to be the most decisive attacker both in terms of scoring and creating goals.

“This is also a symptom of his tranquillity,” Stefano concluded.
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Paolo De Ceglie To Stay At Juventus - Report

Juventus logo (Foto Grazia Neri)

Juventus defender Paolo De Ceglie could find himself staying in Turin rather than moving to Napoli, according to

Talks with Napoli over the Italian defender seem to have stalled and the report suggests he is unlikely to be sold by the club. Negotiations have rumbled on for weeks.

Last week a report in Il Corriere Dello Sport claimed De Ceglie had penned a deal with Napoli and that the Partenopei paid around €5 million for his services.

However, the latest details emerging from suggest the former Juve youth team star will be staying. A number of voices are now claiming De Ceglie could still be used as part of the deal to lure Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino to Turin.

The 22-year-old was a member of the Juve youth squad, before playing his first game with the senior team in 2006.

He was then sent to Siena, on a co-ownership deal, only to immediately return to the Old Lady the season after.

Salvatore Landolina,

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Lyon Defender Fabio Grosso Certain To Join Juventus - Report

Lyon defender Fabio Grosso is wanted by Italian clubs, but will he leave the French Champions?

Fabio Grosso has moved a step closer to signing for Juventus according to L'Equipe.

The French newspaper seems certain that the Italian international will complete his move to Turin soon, claiming the Bianconeri are in pole position to sign him. A number of reports on Wednesday had claimed the deal could be scuppered as the future of Juve-owned left-back Domenico Criscito was uncertain. It was said Criscito could return to Turin - cancelling the need for Grosso.

However, claimed Genoa had in fact signed Criscito on a co-ownership deal, in which case Juve's path for Grosso would be free.

Voices in France suggest Lyon are trying to lure midfielder Mauro Camoranesi as part of the deal, but Tuttosport claims the Bianconeri have gone cold on that option as the Italian international is seen as a key figure in Ciro Ferrara's plans.

On Monday, Grosso hinted at a possible switch to Juve when he returned from his Confederations Cup adventure with Italy. The stopper claimed Juve are a great team, but he was reluctant to elaborate when asked about whether he wanted to join them.

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Marchionni close to Viola

Fiorentina have just about signed 50 per cent of Juventus winger Marco Marchionni, according to the Italian Press.

The 28-year-old former Parma starlet was rumoured to be part of a swap deal for Manuel Pasqual.

However, it seems Juventus will receive £2.5m for Marchionni and nothing else.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are still waiting for a reply from Real Madrid to see if their bid for Royston Drenthe has been successful.

The Viola expect the deal to be put to bed at the beginning of next week.

In other news, Fiorentina have sold 50 per cent of Arturo Lupoli to Ascoli.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Sheffield United.
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Participation Agreements - Palladino Stays At Genoa

The Italian transfer market is at the stage of participation agreements which have to be resolved by Friday 26th June.

Juventus saw five cases being resolved today. The most important was that regarding Raffaele Palladino who will stay at Genoa. The participation agreement with the rossoblu was in fact extended by one year.

The same applies to forward Davide Lanzafame with Palermo and midfielder Andrè Cuneaz with Mantova.

Another two youngsters raised in the Juventus youth sector will not be returning to base. These are goalkeeper Andrea Pozzato who will remain at Canavese after having renewed his contract up to 2012 and midfielder Matteo Cavagna who was transferred to Ravenna permanently.
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New Stadium: Works Ready To Get Underway

The long road leading to the new Juventus stadium proceeds as per schedule. With the demolishing of the Delle Alpi having come to an end, what remains is the actual construction works of the new field of play and the commercial area.

Today, Thursday 25th June, another important stage was reached. Together with the work directors and the construction company an inspection of the building site was carried out. The operation was done in order for the delivery of the site to be effected on Monday 29th June.

This last step will launch the beginning of the actual works on two different sites: that for the construction of the football building (stands and field) and later the commercial area.
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