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Apr 18, 2014

Conte won't open contract talks yet

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said that he will not talk about his future again until the season is over, insisting he is only focusing on winning things for now.

Rzouki: Conte should want to stay

Juve general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed earlier this week that talks over an extension to Conte's contract, which runs until 2015, will not take place until May at the earliest. When pressed on the subject at a news conference in Turin on Friday, Conte echoed Marotta's words, calling for an end to all speculation about his future.

"I hope that this is the first and last question which does not refer to tomorrow's game against Bologna, which is going to be fundamental," Conte said. "I will just repeat what has already been said by myself and by the manager.

"Marotta said exactly the same things as I have said and there is the utmost coherence and total harmony. If I say something and he says the same thing, then surely that must mean we see things the same way. It's such an important moment for us that to think about personal things would be a lack of respect towards the players, the club and the fans, who all expect great things from us.

"I, with my team, feel a duty to achieve something historic -- a third straight scudetto -- and to go even further in the Europa League, knowing that we have a difficult semifinal. The order of the day is to all remain focused, with the right attitude. Tomorrow will be a crucial game. If we win, we will have one big hand on an historic third straight scudetto."

With that victory, Conte would put his name in the history books as the first Juve coach since Carlo Carcano in 1934 to guide the club to three consecutive league wins. According to Carlos Tevez, it would also put him in a league with Sir Alex Ferguson.

"That's nice to hear," Conte said. "Comparisons like that, with managers who have already made history such as Ferguson, are an honour.

"I thank [Tevez], like I thank all of my players because a coach can have 100,000 different ideas, but he needs great players and great men to put them into practice and in these three years, I've been lucky to have all this."

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