Pirlo: ‘Morata priority for Juve’

Andrea Pirlo says Juventus ‘haven’t been affected in the slightest’ by the Luis Suarez saga and is delighted to land Alvaro Morata, who was a ‘priority’.

Pirlo debuted as Juve coach with a 3-0 win against Sampdoria last week and he is happy with how his squad is adjusting to his methods, amidst the media frenzy of Suarez’s failed move.

“We’ve had a good week of work, better than the last one,” he said at a press conference for tomorrow’s Serie A match against Roma.

“We’ve upped the intensity and the lads responded well. The rest hasn’t affected us in the slightest.

“Dybala worked with us, he’s coming back gradually. We’ll see how he is today, he pulled through a heavy workload.

“We’ll decide in the afternoon whether to bring him with us or leave him behind so he can keep training.

“Changing the entire team after one game would be strange. I’ll try to play who I felt worked the best this week.

“I’ll name the team who, I think, are best placed to face the Giallorossi.”

The Bianconeri instead swooped in to sign Morata, who played alongside the former Italy midfielder in Turin between 2014 and 2016.

“We were waiting for a striker to come in and he’s here now. I know Morata well, I was lucky enough to play with him: he was one of our priorities.

“On a technical and tactical level, he’s the player we were looking for. Pellegrini went to Genoa to get more game time, also in light of next year’s European Championship.

“De Sciglio’s available like he was last week.”

One player who is not in Pirlo’s plans is veteran midfielder Sami Khedira.

“We talked to Sami to understand what could be the best solution, for him and for us.”

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