Beppe Marotta insists there was never a Barcelona bid for Argentinian star Paulo Dybala.

“I think the Coach knows better than anyone what the various players are doing, so if he has decided to start Rodrigo Bentancur, it means he is certain it’s a good idea,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

“Juan Cuadrado is suspended and we have quite a few injuries, so we’ve got two Primavera kids on the bench. That doesn’t mean we’re already beaten, as in these circumstances each player has to bring out something extra and motivation can be very important.

“The Bentancur debut might be unexpected, but I see him in training every day and don’t forget he came to Juventus with plenty of experience at Boca Juniors.

“The sensations are positive. The team is just as strong as last season, maybe even more in terms of quality. The Champions League is a tournament and not a League, so it’s all about reaching the key games in the best condition.

“We start tonight with a bit of a handicap due to absentees, but have time to recover in the group stage. The important thing is that this side and Coach can go far.”

Marotta was asked if the rumoured offer for la Joya was real.

“We did not receive any direct offer from Barcelona for Dybala, but above all we had absolutely no intention of selling him and were certain he’d wear the Juventus jersey. We even gave him more responsibility with the Number 10, a shirt that holds a great deal of importance in the tradition of Juventus.”


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