Del Neri: ‘Diego could go, but…’

Posted on 14/08/2010


Reports insist Juventus will sell Diego to Wolfsburg, but Gigi Del Neri warns “he gives us the quality we are otherwise lacking.”

There was a bidding war in the Bundesliga for the Brazilian, but Schalke 04 appear to have pulled out, leaving a potential deal with Wolfsburg for €16m.

“Is Diego on his way out? We never considered him like that,” said the Coach after last night’s double Trofeo TIM defeat.

“He is at the centre of a transfer situation that can evolve positively or negatively. But he knows that we have great faith in him and the important thing is that he proves he deserves to stay and wants to stay.

“Certainly, if he continues playing like this then he is someone who gives us the quality we are otherwise lacking.”

Diego impressed in the Trofeo TIM, but could not prevent a 1-0 defeat to Inter and loss to Milan on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

“It’s only normal that Inter are a step above us, especially as we fielded five or six lads who have practically never played this summer,” continued Del Neri.

“It was something we had to do in order to gain match fitness. We did better against Milan with a few who had played in the Europa League and important friendlies with Lyon and Hamburg.”