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Juventus coach confirms Sneijder interest

January 06, 2015 11:11 IST

Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray gestures. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the Serie A leaders are interesting in signing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray.

"It's not easy to reinforce Juve, but we have some very clear ideas and it's no secret that we are looking for an attacking midfielder and a defender," Allegri told reporters on Monday.

"Sneijder has tremendous technical quality and would complete an already very strong part of the team, creating competition for places.

"He wouldn't be able to play in the Champions League but we have to be realistic and see who is out there."

Sneijder, 30, spent three-and-a-half seasons in Serie A with Inter Milan before joining Galatasaray two years ago.

Juventus, who host struggling Inter Milan on Tuesday (2000 GMT), start the year three points clear of AS Roma at the top of Serie A, although they were beaten on penalties by Napoli in the Italian Supercup match in Doha on Dec. 22.

“The first game of the year is always a strange one. The team that stays the most focused and alert will emerge victorious," Allegri said.

"It won’t come down to physical condition or technique, it will be mindset and mindset alone."

“The lads have returned from their holidays fired up and raring to go.

"We won’t be suffering a hangover after Doha. I always like to win and unfortunately it didn’t happen in Qatar, but we played well and the game was only settled after 15 penalties were converted during the shootout."

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