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Camoranesi heading for Juventus exit

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 15:53 IST
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Italy international Mauro Camoranesi is set to become the next high-profile player to leave disgraced Italian club Juventus, who last month were demoted to Serie B for match-fixing.

Despite continual claims by head coach Didier Deschamps that the right-sided midfielder is going nowhere, Camoranesi's agent says his client refuses to play in the second division and wants to leave the Turin club.

"Camoranesi does not want to stay at Juventus," Sergio Fortunato was quoted as saying by the Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Mauro has made his position clear. There is no room for negotiation.

"I don't understand why the coach and the board keep saying that he will stay. It's not true. Camoranesi will not play in Serie B.

"He is a World Cup winner, not just any player, and the directors should respect his wish."

Fortunato added that Spanish side Valencia and French champions Lyon were two of the clubs interested in signing Camoranesi.

Juventus were thrown out of Serie A and into the second division with a 17-point deficit for the start of the new season after being found guilty of match-fixing in the 2004-05 season.

The club were also stripped of the league title they won last season, and the one they lifted in 2004-05. They were also denied entry into the Champions League.

If Camoranesi does quit Juventus, he will be the ninth player to leave the club after the match-fixing scandal broke, a list which includes France captain Patrick Vieira, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Brazilian midfielder Emerson and French defender Lilian Thuram.

Camoranesi, 29, joined Juventus from Verona for the start of the 2002/03 season.