Massimiliano Allegri told reporters ahead of Juventus’ opening clash of 2022 against Napoli that Alvaro Morata will stay at the club before adding that Aaron Ramsey will leave this January.
Allegri is preparing his side for a Serie A clash against a depleted Napoli outfit on Thursday night. It’s a brilliant opportunity for the Bianconeri to take points off a top-four rival while strengthening their own position in the table. The boss is expected to welcome back both Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa to his matchday squad after the pair missed the end of 2021 with injuries.
Allegri also confirmed that he’ll have just two centre-backs available for Thursday’s game with Daniele Rugani likely to partner Matthijs de Ligt in defence.
Massimiliano Allegri discusses the future of Alvaro Morata
Unsurprisingly, reporters also hassled the Juve boss for answers surrounding the future of striker Morata. Barcelona emerged as a likely candidate for his signature this month but the move hinged on whether the Bianconeri could find a suitable replacement.
That doesn’t appear to be the case, and Allegri confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the Spaniard will stay at Turin for the remainder of the season.
“Alvaro Morata is going nowhere,” Allegri told reporters. “Last year he scored 21 goals. This year he’s scored seven without taking penalties or free-kicks – in his role, he is very important.
“I’ve spoken to him and told him he’s not leaving, whether the transfer talk is true or not because to improve on Morata, you need to replace him with one of the four or five best forwards out there. So, Alvaro is staying and he’s happy to do so,” the boss affirmed.
Allegri coy on January arrivals
Juventus have been hard hit by the pandemic and it always seemed a tad optimistic to expect the club to enjoy a busy January transfer window despite their needs in various positions.
Club CEO Maurizio Arrivabene ruled out any big spending before Christmas and Allegri has since echoed that sentiment.
The manager said: “I believe that there’s a 99% probability that the squad will stay as it is. January arrivals make little impact. We need to improve with what we’ve got.”
He did, however, confirm that Aaron Ramsey will leave Turin this month: “Aaron Ramsey’s now set to leave Juventus. We’re working on it.”
The Welshman has attracted interest from the Premier League but he recently rejected a proposal to join Burnley. In Turin, there’s hope that Newcastle United will make an offer to sign the midfielder.