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Juventus deny Alex Sandro negotiations

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Juventus' Alex Sandro (left) and Roma's Radja Nainggolan vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A game in December 2017.

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta denied reports that the club is in negotiations for Brazilian left back Alex Sandro.

Sandro, who joined Juventus from Porto in 2015, has been heavily linked with English Premier League club Chelsea since the summer, and there have been rumours the English club will make a bid this month.

The director did, however, admit that the player is attracting interest from other big clubs, while noting that while there is no negotiation under way or any plans to sell the player, the club's policy is to allow players to leave if they so desire.

"Juventus' policy is that if a player asks to leave, we won't hold him back," Marotta said during an interview with Italian media.

"We know there's interest from big clubs in Alex Sandro, but at the moment, there are no negotiations."

Marotta also discussed Coach Max Allegri's future, as well as the Champions League.

"He (Allegri) still has a two-year contract, but he'll stay with us for a long time.

"Ambitions for 2018? Last year we missed out in the icing on the cake, this year we'll try again. The Champions League is always our top objective."