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Juventus boss Antonio Conte has signed a two-year contract extension to commit his future to the club until 2015.

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Conte, 42, oversaw an unbeaten league campaign as Juve claimed the Serie A title. His previous deal had been due to expire in a year's time but he has now put pen to paper on a lucrative extension.

"It's definitely a good day because it gives continuity to a dream of mine," he told the club's official website. "It is a great sign of esteem that fills me with pride and definitely pushes me to try to do better."

Juve make their return to the Champions League next season and Conte has urged the board to invest in the squad this summer.

"Last May, the company's intention was to build year upon year and take Juve to the top," Conte said. "We were able to be immediately successful in the league; now there will be a new challenge in Europe, where we try to consolidate what we have done well.

"We have a young team of which many elements will be retained. They have done a great job. Now it will be up to the director (Giuseppe) Marotta and the club to try to expand this base and make it even stronger."

Marotta had earlier suggested that Juve would be interested in signing Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, though he played down suggestions of a move for Didier Drogba.

"Cavani is an interesting player who could be integrated into this squad, but he belongs to Napoli and [president Aurellio] De Laurentiis is able to keep a tight grip on him," he said. "A lot of names are being mentioned, but I can say that Drogba is not part of our plans. He's not a priority target."

Juve could also bring Sebastian Giovinco from Parma. The Italy forward is co-owned by the two clubs and has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester City, but Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi feels a move abroad is unlikely.

"I think that he'll either stay here with us or re-join Juventus," Ghirardi told Sky Sport Italia. "They are the most likely outcomes. If a club wants to offer a lot of money then anything can happen, but these are difficult financial times.

"I've spoken to Sebastian and he told me that he wants to stay here or go to Juventus. We don't have the need to generate money and a lot will depend on what Juventus want to do. He is good enough to get into the first team at a side like Juve, but we have to understand if the Bianconeri are convinced of his ability."


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