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By ESPN Staff

Juventus deny Mazzarri contact

Juventus have vehemently denied reports they have approached Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri about the possibility of replacing Luigi Del Neri.

Mazzarri, who has guided Napoli to a top-four finish in Serie A, has been strongly linked with a move to the Bianconeri hotseat this summer. However, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta said: ''Mazzarri? I categorically deny any contact.

''We have a great rapport with (Napoli president Aurelio) De Laurentiis and we respect the rules. We speak to Del Neri on a daily basis and we, just like the club, work towards the future.

''We have very clear idea with regard to our coach. We have two games remaining and we will take a decision after our game against Parma on Sunday.''

Del Neri, who is in his first season at Juve, is under contract with the Turin giants until June 2012. The former Chievo tactician has endured a difficult campaign with injuries and a lack of continuity having hindered Juve.

Juve were held to a 2-2 draw against Chievo on Monday to see their hopes of finishing in the top four fade away and lie five points behind fourth-place Udinese with two games remaining.

''The stats are clear,'' Marotta said. ''We are unbeaten in eight games but we have drawn four times in that run and thrown away a 2-0 lead in three of those games against smaller teams.''

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