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Juve confirm offers were rejected

2014-10-07 11:26
Vidal and Pogba (Supplied)

Cape Town - Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that the club rejected offers from "top European clubs" for sought-after duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in the off-season.

Pogba has been on the radar of PSG for several seasons, while Manchester United were desperate to sign Vidal after the World Cup.

However, neither move materialised despite numerous reports to the contrary and Marotta believes the pair are too important to the squad to let go.

"Yes, some offers arrived, from abroad, from top European clubs," he told Processo del Lunedi.

"But we decided not to indulge them."

"We were in a position not to accept and we did with great awareness of the fact that we are talking about two very important components of our squad."

Defender Stephan Lichsteiner's future has also been up in the air with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Marotta, though, is confident that the club will agree a contract extension with the Switzerland international.

"We are negotiating and working with his representatives," the 57-year-old explained.

"We're very happy with how he's done, so if there are the right conditions [for a new deal], we want him to continue with us."

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