Di Natale snubs Juve again

Antonio Di Natale is committed to Udinese "for life" after the veteran striker shrugged off renewed interest from Juventus.

Last Updated: 10/06/13 at 11:01 Post Comment

Antonio Di Natale: Staying at Udinese

Antonio Di Natale: Staying at Udinese

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Antonio Di Natale is committed to Udinese "for life" after the veteran striker shrugged off renewed interest from Serie A champions Juventus.

The 35-year-old has scored 158 league goals in a prolific nine-year spell with Udinese, notching 23 in the 2012-13 season to finish six goals behind top scorer Edinson Cavani of Napoli.

His final-day strike in a 5-2 victory at Inter Milan confirmed his side's qualification for the Europa League for another year.

Juve are eager to strengthen their forward line and, having already secured Spanish striker Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao, the Bianconeri are reportedly preparing a fresh approach for Di Natale.

Naples-born Di Natale rejected a move to Turin in 2010 and the chance to further establish himself as an icon in Udine means the answer will remain the same this summer.

"I think that what I've done with Udinese will go down in the history of the club," he told fifa.com. "I don't see that as something insignificant.

"The truth is that I've found my natural home in Friuli and I've never thought about leaving a team, a town and a family - the Pozzos [Giampaolo Pozzo is Udinese's president] - who have adopted me like a son.

"I miss Naples and I'm proud to be Neapolitan, but Udine is like a second home for me. I'm feeling great here and I feel the love from the fans.

"When Juventus contacted me, I told their president [Andrea Agnelli] that I wanted to stay here. That's how we decided that I'd stay here for life.

"There isn't too much pressure here. You can lose a few games and still be able to work in peace. The results speak for that approach. Everyone does their job well - the players, the coach and the club."

Di Natale, who joined Udinese from Empoli in 2004, has one year remaining on his contract at the Stadio Friuli.


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