Juventus trio to open contract talks
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta is set to open talks with midfield trio Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba about new contracts.
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Pirlo’s current deal has less than a year to run on it and he has already hinted that he could leave Turin in the summer, but Marotta is keen on discussing the 34-year-old’s deal before rumours surrounding his future intensify.
“I’m optimistic about extending his contract,” Marotta told Sky television on Tuesday. He is equally hopeful about convincing Vidal to commit to a further two years, beyond the expiry of his current contract in 2016.
“When Vidal arrived in Turin, he was met with a certain degree of scepticism, but he’s done very well and now it’s only right that he is rewarded,” Marotta told Tuttosport.
“Many of Europe’s top clubs are monitoring him, but in the coming weeks, his contract will be extended and upgraded economically.”
With fellow midfielder Claudio Marchisio tied down until 2016, that leaves Pogba’s future to resolve. Having already increased his salary this summer after he impressed as captain of France’s Under-20 World Cup winners, a new, improved deal is in the offing, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 20-year-old could be promoted among the club’s biggest earners with a new five-year deal when Marotta gets round to negotiating with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola.