Vidal set to sign new deal with Juventus
Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta expects Arturo Vidal to put pen to paper on a new contract over the next seven days, and he does not fear losing any player -- or coach Antonio Conte -- next summer.
Vidal's hat trick against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League last week saw his stock rise further, but Marotta believes an announcement over a new, improved deal will warn off any potential suitors.
"We're right down to the finer details now for the new contract," Marotta told Sky television. "We'll make it official in the next week. Nobody is going to leave. I would say that the solid backbone of this team is going nowhere."
That spine also includes Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio, not to mention Andrea Pirlo, whose contract is up for renewal in the summer.
"Pogba is doing well and he's very happy to be with us, and I cannot see anything on the horizon that could attract his attention," said Marotta. "Marchisio has Juventus in his DNA, like [Paolo] De Ceglie, who is a fan first and foremost.
"[Mirko] Vucinic, [Fabio] Quagliarella and [Sebastian] Giovinco can also be very useful, considering the number of matches we've got."
However, nobody is as important as Conte, who Marotta praised in the highest tones.
"He's one of the best coaches in the business, but he's learning day by day and he can still do even better, improving his approach and methodology and creating an even more cohesive atmosphere," said the 56-year-old. "We're proud of the fact other clubs want him, but we believe he can stay here and do well in one of the biggest clubs around. We can win together –- he's our cornerstone."
Thanks to Fernando Llorente's last-gasp winner against Udinese on Sunday night, the Bianconeri are now three points clear at the top of the Serie A table as they search for a third straight Scudetto.