Marchionni plans Juve stay
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus new boy Marco Marchionni has pledged to stay at the Stadio Delle Alpi
Juventus new boy Marco Marchionni has pledged to stay at the Stadio Delle Alpi despite their relegation.
The Turin giants were relegated to Serie B and handed a 30-point deduction for next season following the outcome of the match-fixing scandal.
Juve's impending relegation is set to see a number of top stars leave the club, but Marchionni has no plans to jump ship.
Marchionni arrived at Juve in June on a free transfer from Parma after signing a pre-contract in January.
The 25-year-old is ready to stay at Juve and try and help them win promotion back to Serie A.
"I've signed the contract in January and I don't disown the choice I made," vowed Marchionni.
"In one year, we will be back in Serie A.
"It's a really difficult mission, we need about 100 points, but it would be like doing the big slam in Serie A.
"We will try to do this."
Meanwhile, Juventus are being linked with a move for Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli.
Juve are likely to be in the market for a new forward, with both David Trezeguet and Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to move on.
Lucarelli's future at Livorno has been the subject of intense speculation for some time and he has already snubbed an offer from ambitious Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
Juve are hoping they can lure Lucurelli to Turin so that he can spearhead their assault on promotion back to Serie A.
Livorno are keen to keep hold of their star striker, as they are set to play in Europe next season in the wake of the punishments dished out to Fiorentina, Milan, Lazio and Juventus in the match-fixing scandal.