Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has said that Fabio Parataci will take over departing general manager Beppe Marotta’s sporting responsibilities, ending speculation he could move to Manchester United.
United are looking to bring in a director of football, with Parataci — who currently works as Juve’s sporting director — one of the names linked with the role.
Earlier this month Agnelli had ruled out any suggestion of Paratici leaving — and he has now explained how the new Juventus structure will work following Marotta’s departure.
“The Sport Area will be controlled by Fabio Paratici,” Agnelli told club shareholders at the Allianz Stadium.
Marotta’s mandate officially came to an end on Thursday after eight years at the Turin-based club.
He announced last month that he would be leaving as part of “an extensive renewal” and Agnelli explained on Thursday what that entails, as no replacement would be brought in.
“The club is grateful to Marotta and Aldo Mazzia for the work they have carried out over these years,” Agnelli said. “But we have decided to give more responsibility to the resources we already have within the company, who have obtained exceptional results over the years.
“For me to talk about Giuseppe Marotta as just a professional in the world of football would not be doing him justice. He’s been managing football clubs for 40 years, with success like with Venezia, then Atalanta and Sampdoria, who he left in the Champions League before joining Juve.
“The capabilities and knowledge of Marotta have been instrumental in the growth of our club and we owe him warm thanks and applause. There will now be a new generation of leaders to which Juventus will be entrusted.”
Shareholders’ Meeting | Agnelli: “The Sport Area will be controlled by Fabio Paratici, the Service Area by Marco Re and the Revenue Area by Giorgio Ricci.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 25, 2018
With Paratici working on the sporting side, Marco Re will take over the administrative aspects, and Giorgio Ricci has been given more responsibilities on the revenues side.
Since announcing his departure from the Bianconeri, Marotta has been linked with roles at United and Arsenal — while in Italy, he continues to be linked with a move to Juve’s rivals Inter Milan.
However, a spokesperson for the Nerazzurri told ESPN FC on Thursday that reports in the Italian media claiming there has already been talks between the two parties could not be confirmed.
Meanwhile, British management fund Lindsell Train has increased its stake in Juventus to 11.3 percent, making it the club’s biggest shareholders after the Agnelli family.