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Juve deny 'disrespecting' Quagliarella

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says Fabio Quagliarella was absent from training due to illness and not because he wants to leave.

The 31-year-old was absent from Juve's squad list submitted to UEFA on Monday for the knockout stages of the Europa League with new signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo taking his place. The player's agent Beppe Bozzo called this a lack of respect towards his client and his absence from training on Tuesday seemed to be motivated by that.

However, Marotta says there is a more simple reason for Quagliarella not to be seen on the training field in Vinovo, and that was because of illness.

"He's not been suspended," Marotta told ANSA. "I never imagined making a decision like that because there's no reason for it. The player is training individually because he has the flu and, as a result, he was working in the gym."

Speculation to the contrary has annoyed Marotta, who reprimanded the player's agents for his remarks.

"I don't believe that agents or friends of footballers have any right to comment on technical and club decisions, which is why I believe that the remarks made by Beppe Bozzo in the press today are out of order," Marotta added.

"Quagliarella is one of our players, his work and contribution to the squad has always been appreciated. The rules of European competitions force us to make some perhaps unpleasant decisions, and that is the case here.

"His exclusion from the UEFA list cannot be seen as a lack of respect because it isn't, as can be demonstrated by the fact that we had informed the player of our decision in advance."

Merely informing Quagliarella prior to announcing the decision that he would not be appearing for the club in Europe again this season was nevertheless not enough, according to Bozzo.

"I was not out of order at all," he said on Wednesday (http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Serie-A/Juventus/04-02-2014/juventus-quagliarella-si-allena-solo-marotta-ha-febbre-808961034.shtml). "Defending the interests of my client is an integral part of my profession. I know very well that club decisions are not down to me, but Marotta should also know that the decision of a footballer to honour his contract with a club should still be respected."

Guangzhou Evergrande, coached by former Italy coach Marcelo Lippi, are reported to be monitoring the situation. The transfer window in China remains open until the end of February and as their attempts to sign Alessandro Diamanti from Bologna appear to be going nowhere, Quagliarella could be a valid alternative.