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Written By Onyeka Daniel

It was really a disappointing phase for Juventus at the start of this year, the time when they actually lost the League title to Inter Milan After it looked like they would be presenting a challenge to the Nerazzurri for the Scudetto and this is the main reason behind the uncertainty of the future of their manager, Massimiliano Allegri.

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Now, the Bianconeri are about to suffer another disappointment amidst reports that Lucas Vazquez has reportedly agreed to sign a new one-year contract with Real Madrid while knocking back the offer to join Juventus.

According to Spanish journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon, Vazquez was the subject of interest from Juventus, with the Serie A giants said to be in the market for a right-back heading into the summer transfer window. However, the versatile Real Madrid wide man has rejected the Bianconeri and will sign a one-year extension with Los Blancos.


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Vazquez has been a handy asset for Real Madrid despite not being an undisputed first-choice starter for the club. The Spaniard began his career as a boisterous right-winger, making an impact with his marauding runs on the flank. However, he has transitioned into a right-back in the last few years, with Brazilian forward, Rodrygo taking the role upfront.

Vazquez’s run as a right-back started when Dani Carvajal was struggling with a few fitness issues. However, the veteran wide man was so successful as a makeshift full-back that he turned that into a full-time role. And the 32-year-old has been an able backup to Carvajal in recent seasons. The Spanish international has turned out nearly 350 times thus far for Real Madrid, chipping in with 35 goals and 63 assists.

However, there have been concerns surrounding Vazquez’s long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu as he has entered the final two months of his contract. Such a situation had captured the attention of several well-known clubs, including Juventus. Juventus’s interest in the player is understandable.

Andrea Cambiaso faces an uncertain future at the Allianz Stadium, while Danilo is on the wrong side of 30. Weston McKennie, who can also play in that role is also facing an uncertain future at the club, even if he has played more as an midfielder in the 3-5-2 formation this season. While Vazquez is also in his thirties, he seemingly has a longer shelf life due to his style of play, which does not harm his body much.

So, the Spaniard was a viable target for Juventus heading into the summer transfer window. However, a Bosman move will not see the light of day, as the 32-year-old will extend his stay at Real Madrid by signing a one-year extension. The two parties have sealed the agreement, with an official announcement coming soon.

It will be interesting to see if Juventus can do anything to turn Vazquez’s head in the coming weeks. However, the Spanish international is closing in on extending his stay at Real Madrid by signing a new contract, so Juventus will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements in that area.

Meanwhile…

Luciano Spalletti dropped a few hints as to why he had to leave Napoli after winning the Scudetto. ‘I had my reasons. I love everyone, I forgive everyone, but I do not forget.’ The Italy coach was speaking at the CONI World Meeting on Human Fraternity in Rome when he was asked about his experience at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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He took the club to their first Serie A title in over 30 years, but asked to be released from his contract at the end of the season. “We had everything that we needed to follow up what we had won,” insisted Spalletti when pushed on their remarkable collapse this term under three different coaches. “You’d need to be aware of many things. I love everyone, I forgive everyone, but I do not forget.”

There had been reports Spalletti clashed behind the scenes with President Aurelio De Laurentiis, while director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli also walked away straight after the title Triumph. Was he simply concerned Napoli could never follow the heights of that Scudetto run?

“I will not say why I left, but it was not out of fear,” replied Spalletti. “I had my reasons. The rapport was wonderful at Napoli. We did not win just because of me, but for a city that has extraordinary passion.” Spalletti had initially asked to take a year out, then had to pay Napoli a penalty fee after deciding to take on the Italy job from September 2023.

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