Juventus insist they are ‘very happy’ with manager Maurizio Sarri despite continued speculation linking the club with a move for Pep Guardiola.
The Italian champions have been strongly linked with a move for the Manchester City manager in recent months, speculation that has intensified following City’s two-year ban from European competition for Financial Fair Play breaches – a decision the club will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has confirmed the club have considered making an approach to take Guardiola to Serie A following the annoucement, though says the Spaniard’s public commitment to his role in the wake of the club’s punishment makes a move ‘difficult’.
“It is heresy to say that you don’t think of Guardiola, but you have to evaluate the moment you are in, like any professional,” Agnelli told Radio24.
“If someone is happy where he is, it is difficult to move.
“We are very happy with Sarri. Things are set up for three years, the strength of his ideas will come with their continuation in time, and this is the priority.
“The first half of the season has been excellent, we are first in the standings and we passed the Champions League group stage in first.
”I will evaluate the season at the end, thinking that I can win in February is foolish, but being first today is a good starting point.”