Saturday, 26 May 2007

Juve deny Didier quit claims

Juventus have officially denied that Didier Deschamps has offered his resignation, but remain vague on the tactician’s future.

The report of a Friday night dismissal came from Sky TG24 after midnight and hit the front pages of all the Italian sports papers this morning.

In the early afternoon, the club finally responded to the suggestions that their coach had quit after failing to negotiate a contract extension.

"Juventus have been given no communication about the resignation of Didier Deschamps," read a statement on the Juventus website. "Therefore the coach will be on the bench as normal for today's game with Mantova."

Yet the timing and the wording of the statement suggest there is more to it, as this was only released after a meeting in Turin this morning between director Jean Claude Blanc, President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, director of sport Alessio Secco and Roberto Bettega.

"Managing director Jean-Claude Blanc will continue conversations, which were already started during the week, to rapidly clarify the question with the interested party," added the official note.

Juventus play at home to Mantova later today - a win would secure the Serie B title.

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