You would think that winning back to back titles would give Juventus coach Antonio Conte some sort of job security. But instead there have been rumours surrounding the Juve coach for months that he will replaced.
In response to the latest round of rumours, Bianconeri general director Giuseppe Marotta has had to make a public statement of support for his embattled coach.
“The relationship between the club and the coach is fantastic,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“The president [Andrea] Agnelli and the directors have an idyllic and everyday relationship with our tactician.”
“There’s no chance that he will leave Juve,” he continued.
“He loves the team and it’s an experience that he’s living in the best of ways.”
Conte bemoaned the sales of Alessandro Matri and Emanuele Giaccherini last week in order to balance the books after the arrivals of Angelo Ogbonna, Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente this summer.
But Juventus midfielder and board member Pavel Nedved brushed aside those comments saying:
“I think once in a while one blows off steam and says certain things,” Nedved said. “But I think there is great harmony between Antonio and the club.
“I see no problem. I don’t fear a separation at the end of the season. It is not right to face a new season where we have important challenges thinking that the coach could leave.
“We are aware that we are very strong and we can do very well in every competition.”