Paratici: ‘Juve don’t need defenders’

Juventus director Fabio Paratici assures they “don’t need” any replacements for injured Merih Demiral, as Giorgio Chiellini will be back soon.

Turkey international Demiral had made a strong impact recently, pushing Matthijs de Ligt on to the bench for six games in a row, even scoring his first goal in the 2-1 win at Roma.

However, he suffered a serious knee injury during that game and has been ruled out for six-seven months following ACL and meniscus surgery.

“The idea of signing a defender is not in our minds, as we do not need any more centre-backs,” director of sport Paratici told Rai Sport.

“We have strong defenders and a complete squad at our disposal, especially as we hope to have Chiellini back very soon. We’re fine as we are.”

De Ligt and Daniele Rugani are starting in tonight’s Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie with Udinese.

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