Sunday, July 19, 2009

Elkann sees Juve of the future

Patron John Elkann believes extending Alessandro Del Piero’s contract is part of “Juventus building for the future.”

On Friday the captain added one year to his deal, keeping him with the Bianconeri until June 30 2011.

“Del Piero’s renewal is of great importance, and another step forward in Juventus building for the future,” said club owner Elkann.

“Juve have a lot of trust in tomorrow, as proved by signing a young Coach like Ciro Ferrara. I was glad to see a tough training regime and also how quickly the youth team players are settling in.

“Ferrara and his staff are taking big steps forward to be ready for the start of the season. I expect an entertaining team and only the results will tell us if the balance of power with our rivals has changed.”

The Turin giants have drafted in Diego from Werder Bremen, Felipe Melo from Fiorentina and Fabio Cannavaro as a free agent from Real Madrid.

“We believe [UEFA President Michel] Platini is right, as in football investment must be sustainable and we did what we could,” added the heir to the Agnelli empire.

“One must try to use the same criteria to guarantee consistency to both clubs and fans. We are also working on something special for players and supporters in the form of a new stadium.”
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Sold Out Under The Rain

Bad weather is leaving its mark in the last few hours in Pinzolo and after the strong storms yesterday, even this morning Val Rendena woke up with cloudy skies. The rain, however, did not stop the bianconeri from working hard.

Even today the team was busy with repeats on distances of 600 and 300 metres for those players who took part in the training since the beginning of the camp and of 1,200 metres for those who joined the group in the last few days.

Amongst the latter was Paolo De Ceglie who arrived in Pinzolo last evening and this morning worked in the gym together with Momo Sissoko, Alessandro Del Piero and Diego. The Brazilian then worked on the field with professor Gaudino to the joy of the public present.
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