Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri isn’t interested by pursuing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma with Wojciech Szczesny already in line to exchange Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon, who turns 40 this month, has been anticipated to retire after this season, although he hinted at some doubts over his future in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The goalkeeper additionally declined to provide recommendation to Italy teammate Donnarumma a couple of potential transfer to the Bianconeri, although he did say “you by no means go unsuitable with Juve.”
However talking at a information convention forward of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia quarterfinal in opposition to Torino, Buffon’s supervisor mentioned Juventus have already got a goalkeeper for the long run.
“Szczesny is Buffon’s inheritor, I’ve already mentioned that and I repeat it,” Allegri mentioned of the previous Arsenal and Roma man. “Juventus did good enterprise in getting such an excellent participant and bringing him in a yr earlier than Gigi stops at Juventus.
“I am very glad, there is a good relationship between the 2 of them, they respect one another each as professionals and as males, so I do not see any downside.
“Donnarumma is a younger lad who has to develop, he is at Milan and he is forging his path. However Juventus have Buffon’s substitute.”
Juventus are some extent behind Serie A leaders Napoli, who’ve 48 factors on the halfway level of the season, and Allegri mentioned his aspect would wish to do higher than that within the second half to win their seventh consecutive Scudetto.
“We will not misplaced any extra factors to Napoli,” Allegri mentioned. “We’ve to remain in Napoli’s wake or attempt to surpass them with wins, as a result of from Week eight on — while you’re virtually lacking 11 video games — the Scudetto is set.
“That is the purpose at which you need to assault, as a result of for those who ease off it turns into tough to get well.
“The Scudetto quota, the projection in the intervening time, is 96.”
In successful their six latest titles, Juventus have solely handed that mark as soon as — when setting a file with 102 within the 2013-14 season.
First although, Juventus should face the cup take a look at in opposition to their native rivals, and Allegri warned his aspect that development shouldn’t be taken without any consideration.
“No, we completely can’t underestimate it,” Allegri mentioned. “At the beginning it is a derby, so the derby is at all times a recreation unto itself.
“Whatever the accidents now we have, now we have an goal and that’s to win, as a result of the Coppa Italia is a aim for us, just like the Champions League and the league.”
Allegri mentioned Paulo Dybala would face Torino, whereas Miralem Pjanic was named within the squad after sitting out final weekend. Mattia De Sciglio may return from harm on Saturday in opposition to Cagliari.
Torino are coping with plenty of accidents and might be with out high scorers Andrea Belotti and Adem Ljajic.
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