Juve plan to hold onto star midfielder.
Italian giants Juventus have reiterated that midfielder Claudio Marchisio is not for sale forcing Manchester United to end their pursuit of the Italian international, Sky Sports reports.
The Premier League champions have been rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old for some time now and were thought to be preparing a summer bid to take him to Old Trafford. French big spenders Monaco were also credited with an interest, but they have just brought in Porto’s James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, as well as Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.
However, the pair’s interest could all be futile anyway as Juventus’ general manager Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Italia: “Our goal is not to sell but to strengthen the team.”
“Marchisio has Juventus DNA and the player’s will is influential.”
The player himself, who is an academy graduate of the club, has also moved to wave away the rumours.
“I want to stay at Juventus,” he told Tuttosport.
“I would like to continue battling for and winning with the club in which I grew up in.”
Marchisio first broke into the Juventus first team in 2006, and aside from a season long loan with Empoli a year later he has gone on to make over 200 appearances for The Old Lady.