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Marotta: "Toni is not a Quagliarella replacement"

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By Varun Mathure

Friday 07 January 2011

Juventus Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta turned down suggestions that Luca Toni was drafted in as a Fabio Quagliarella replacement who was ruled out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury against Parma.

"Toni did not arrive here to replace Quagliarella, but to strengthen a department that needed it. He will be available immediately from Sunday evening for the trip to Napoli."

Toni arrived at the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Genoa this morning and he has been signed with the Old Lady on a year-and-half contract till June 2012.

"The player's contract has the same length of what he had with Genoa. We have seized this market opportunity and we did it in a hurry to make him available already for the next game."

Juventus did not enjoy the best start to the New Year after being thrashed 4-1 in Turin by Parma but Marotta believes this hasn't compromised any of their objectives.

"Despite the slip against Parma, we are in line with our expectations. And, among other things, there are so many points available. We look forward with confidence and optimism."

The Bianconeri are facing a small shortage upfront with Del Piero yet to fully recover from an injury and both Amauri and Iaquinta struggling for full fitness as well as form. But Marotta believes in his players.

"I do not regret the sale of Trezeguet. I have faith in the players who are here. Quagliarella's injury has deprived us of a player with certain characteristics. Cassano as we've said is a talented footballer, but he was never in our plans."

Juventus will travel to Napoli on Sunday night to take on the Partenopei who are currently third in the table and lost out to Inter last night.

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