Juventus board member Pavel Nedved insists Antonio Conte’s decision to quit the club had nothing to do with disagreements over the future of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
Nedved instead argues Conte’s decision to leave was based on the fact ‘he no longer had the energy to continue’ and said he previously wanted to resign in May but was convinced to stay until he decided to quit recently.
“Antonio resigned because he no longer had the energy to continue, not because of any disagreements with the directors,” Nedved said.
“He already wanted to resign in May, but we talked it over and convinced him to think about it over the holidays.
“When he came back, he decided that he didn’t want to carry on. None of what the media have said about Conte’s resignation has been correct. He was simply tired.
“It’s true his decision surprised us, even if I’d already seen his fatigue towards the end of last season.
“The transfer strategy does not change. We still do not intend on selling any of our important players.”
Without being too cynical, these comments from Nedved look very much like smoke and mirrors from Juventus and will look even more so if Conte was to immediately take on the Italy job.
Vidal has said his future will be decided once he returns from holiday and all that remains to be seen is whether United follow through on their preliminary talks with Vidal’s representatives because he’ll be available at the right price, regardless of Juventus’ public stance.
Earlier reports from the Italian press that a deal had already been agreed seem wide of the mark at this time but it could all change very quickly once Vidal has returned from holiday.