Juventus coach Antonio Conte has insisted that if Claudio Marchisio was to the leave the Serie A champions, it would not be until June.
The 27-year-old was watched by David Moyes as Juventus beat Cagliari this afternoon and Moyes would have been impressed by his second half substitute cameo where he scored a fantastic goal to put Juventus ahead (that was actually his first goal of the season).
Marchisio took to Twitter to admit it was about time he scored and although Moyes was not questioned about who he came to watch, Conte was very straight forward in his response when asked about United’s potential interest in Marchisio.
“Until June he doesn’t move,” he said.
Conte was also full of praise for Marchisio’s performance against Cagliari and hailed his professionalism as a shining example for any player.
“I do not know if Moyes was there for him or not,” he said according to TuttoJuve.
“He is part of the project and is a great champion, great guy and also shows that when a professional is not included, you still get ready.
“He is due recognition for his seriousness and example.”
Moyes wants to bring in top class, long term projects in January rather than panic buys but Conte’s blunt dismissal of Marchisio leaving in January seems to have ruled out that prospect.
However, Moyes’ appearance in Italy was the second time United have scouted Juventus this season so whether it is Marchisio or one of his team-mates, we are clearly interested in somebody from the Old Lady.