Prandelli was close to Juve

Posted on 27/10/2010

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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli admits he was very close to joining Juventus this summer and is currently monitoring their development. 

It’s no secret that Juventus considered Prandelli for the position, appointing Alberto Zaccheroni as a caretaker in January with a view to his appointment in June. 

However, Prandelli accepted the Italy job instead and Gigi Del Neri moved to Turin to become the new Juventus boss. 

Interviewed in Tuttosport, Prandelli said: “Perhaps now no one is interested anymore… I was very close [to Juve], yes. 

“But in our line of work at times you don’t choose, you are chosen. The suggestion of [me going to] Juventus and Torino has always been around ever since I started working in the academies. 

“Anyway, it’s a debate that creates embarrassment for me because I respect Del Neri and his work a lot.”

Asked if he considers the so-called ‘Juve block’ to be important in his selections for Italy, Prandelli said: “Juventus are the club that in terms of strategy and planning have focused the most on Italian players. 

“There are many Juventini in the national team not because they wear the black and white shirt, but because they are good players and because they are helped by the habit of playing together. 

“Alberto Aquilani is one of the best central midfielders in Italy. In fact he has already been called up to the national team and left only because of fitness problems: if he has continuity, he will certainly be important.”


Finally, Prandelli shed yet more light on his relationship with Antonio Cassano. 

“He must acquire a winning mentality, playing to win and not just for the performance. He must become a little more Italian. 

“Antonio is 28. He has recognised his past mistakes and if he wants to leave a mark, why shouldn’t he be ready for a big club?”


Source: Football-Italia

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