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Conte plays down Tevez talks

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has played down talk of luring Carlos Tevez away from Manchester City.

Conte’s side won their second consecutive Serie A title this season to make them an attractive proposition in the market for big name players like the Argentine.

However, the former Italy international said: “I think you should be giving credit to my guys for what they did on the pitch this year.

“Talking about the market right now does not seem respectful to them.”

With Spanish striker Fernando Llorente already confirmed on a free transfer, Juve have run the rule over the former West Ham forward to join him.

General manager Beppe Marotta claimed: “Tevez? In terms of quality and experience, we are not the first to notice him.

“He wants to make up for lost time, as his years at Manchester City were not the best. We have not made any approach towards the English club.”

Tevez’s agent has allegedly approached the Turin side, though, and Marotta added: “It is clear that at this stage of the season agents step forward.

“I will not rule out a meeting in that sense. We could reach an agreement with them, but then we’d have to strike a deal with his club too.”

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has also attracted interest with the Liga club claiming they are willing to let the Argentine leave.

Marotta said: “Higuain is younger and worth more on the transfer market. Tevez is certainly an easier negotiation process, as his contract expires next summer.

“We are trying to strengthen the attack for next season, so that is our primary objective. We’re after players who suit Antonio Conte’s football.”
Sun 19 May, 2013
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