Juventus set for summer Conte talks
Juventus have set their sights on clinching a Serie A and Europa League double, before then extending the contract of coach Antonio Conte.
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With a sizeable eight-point advantage over Roma at the top of the league, and a Europa League semifinal with Benfica to come, the focus is currently on winning silverware and then rewarding Conte with a more lucrative deal.
The Italian’s current contract runs until 2015, which is why the club are not in too much of a hurry about negotiating an extension.
"Conte has already said that we will discuss a renewal at the end of the season," Juve general manager Beppe Marotta said at the handover ceremony of the Europa League trophy to the final host city, with the showpiece event set to be played in Turin’s Juventus Stadium. "The club are totally satisfied with his work. He is a leader and we are proud to have him here with us.
"We've already had a chat and we've agreed mutually to put everything back until we have achieved something great, which could be the scudetto or the Europa League. We have a good lead over Roma, but not good enough to consider ourselves champions already. It's going to be neck-and-neck to the end."
Juve take their eight-point advantage over the Giallorossi into the final five games of the Serie A season, while in the Europa League the Bianconeri are just three games away from ending their 18-year wait for a major European trophy.
"Our aim is to lift the Europa League, which would take us back to the days when Juve were protagonists in Europe," Marotta said. "It would be a great honour to lift this trophy in our own stadium, and we are determined to earn ourselves this satisfaction."
Should they win the Europa League, Juve would take possession of the trophy from a club legend -- current UEFA president Michel Platini.
"I'm delighted to be back in Turin," Platini said. "I'm neutral, but it would be emotional seeing Juve win. It would be great for Turin and for Italian football if Juve were to reach the final, but it's now up to them to do that on the pitch."