Juan Cuadrado Extends Juventus Contract Until 2022

​Juventus utility man Juan Cuadrado has signed a contract extension, tying him to the Italian champions until 2022.

The news comes as little surprise after club director Fabio Paratici confirmed a new deal was in the works earlier this month.

The 31-year-old Colombian arrived at Juventus from Chelsea, initially on loan, in 2015. While he was known as a winger earlier in his career, he has been converted into a full back in Turin, making most of his outings in Serie A and the Champions League on the right side of defence in 2019/20.

Juan Cuadrado

Cuadrado, who has also featured in midfield and attack, has now seemingly established himself as Maurizio Sarri’s first-choice right back, ahead of Mattia De Scigli and Danilo, as ​Juve chase down a ninth straight Scudetto.

The former Fiorentina star had been set to become a free agent next summer – alongside the likes of Blaise Matuidi and Giorgio Chiellini – before Juventus confirmed the two-year extension on their ​club website on Thursday evening.

While contract details in the official announcement are scant, journalist Nicolo Schira claimed on Twitter that the deal would be worth €4m-a-year, plus additional bonuses.

Cuadrado’s new deal is the latest in a string of contract renewals in Turin, following extensions for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Leonardo Bonucci.

In his time at the Allianz Stadium, Cuadrado has made over 150 first-team appearances, winning four Serie A titles, three Coppe Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.

This weekend, Cuadrado and Juventus travel to Bergamo to face fifth-placed Atalanta in their return to Serie A following the international break.

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Atalanta vs Juventus Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Atalanta welcome Serie A leaders Juventus to the Gewiss Stadium ​on Saturday afternoon as La Vecchia Signora look to record their fifth straight victory in all competitions and stretch their lead over Antonio Conte’s Inter to four points.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta have made a solid start to the 2019/20 Serie A campaign and currently sit fifth in the table with 22 points. 

Despite not winning a league game since a 7-1 thrashing of Udinese in October, a victory over Juventus will see La Dea propel themselves into third place ahead of Lazio and Cagliari, who don’t feature until Sunday.

Paulo Dybala

Maurizio Sarri’s side occupy top spot in Serie A and are yet to taste defeat in the league thus far, having narrowly beaten AC Milan 1-0 in their last league fixture. ​Juve have recorded ten wins and two draws from their opening 12 games but can’t afford any slip-ups as ​Inter remain hot on their tails.

It is the league leaders versus the league’s top scorers on Saturday in what should be an enthralling game filled with goals.

Check out 90min’s preview for Saturday’s fixture below. 


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? ​Saturday 23 November
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​14:00 (GMT)
​Where Is it Played? ​Gewiss Stadium
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​BT Sport 3 HD
​Referee? ​Gianluca Rocchi

Team News

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​Atalanta have a few injury concerns to consider ahead of Saturday’s game. Top goalscorer Duvan Zapata is a doubt having only just returned to training following a muscle injury, while midfielder Remo Freuler has a thigh problem and will be assessed before the game.

Ruslan Malinovskyi is suspended for Saturday’s game following his two yellow cards against Sampdoria last time out. Josip Iličić will also serve a suspension following a straight red card in Atalanta’s 2-0 defeat against Cagliari in early November.

Juventus will be without a handful of stars ahead of their trip to Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Alex Sandro (both groin), Blaise Matuidi (rib) and Giorgio Chiellini (ACL) all sidelined.

Miralem Pjanic

Mattia Perin (shoulder) has returned to training but remains a doubt for Saturday, having not played at all this season.


Predicted Lineups

Atalanta Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic; Gomez, Zapata​.
Juventus ​Szczęsny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, De Sciglio; Khedira, Ramsey, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo.

Head to Head Record

Atalanta and Juventus have played each other 28 times previously, with Juventus dominating proceedings, recording 21 wins to Atalanta’s single victory, with the remaining six ending in draws.

Marten de Roon,Paulo Dybala

The last two league meetings between these two sides have ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively, with Atalanta recording a 3-0 Coppa Italia win over I Bianconeri in between.


Recent Form

​Despite a strong start to the 2019/20 league campaign, Atalanta have struggled for victories in recent weeks.

They’ve only won once in their previous six fixtures in all competitions, recording three draws in their last four games against ​Manchester City, ​Napoli and Sampdoria. Strikers Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata have been prolific so far this season, scoring eight and seven goals respectively.

Juventus remain unbeaten in their last 17 games, stretching back to May 2019 when they lost 2-0 away to Sampdoria. La Vecchia Signora have also won their last four matches, including league wins against AC Milan, Torino and Genoa. Cristiano Ronaldo has been Juve’s star man in front of goal, netting six times this season, followed by Paulo Dybala with five.

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With that said, here is how both teams have fared in their last five fixtures.

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​Sampdoria 0-0 Atalanta (10/11) ​Juventus 1-0 AC Milan (10/11)
​Atalanta 1-1 Manchester City (6/11) ​Lokomotiv 1-2 Juventus (06/11)
​Atalanta 2-0 Cagliari (3/11) Torino 0-1 Juventus (02/11)​
​Napoli 2-2 Atalanta (30/10) ​Juventus 2-1 Genoa (30/10)
​Atalanta 7-1 Udinese (27/10) ​Lecce 1-1 Juventus (26/10)

Prediction

Despite not beating Atalanta in their last three attempts, a victory should be a formality for Sarri’s side, given the talent at his disposal.

With Ronaldo scoring goals for fun during the international break, he will fancy his chances against Gli Oribici with help from strike partners Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Victory over Atalanta will not be a walk in the park, however, and the home side will be looking to cause an upset over the Italian giants. With the aforementioned Zapata and Muriel scoring 15 goals between them this season, a tightly contested game should not be ruled out. 

Prediction: Atalanta 1-2 Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus Future May Depend on European Success With Man Utd Showing Interest

Reports have surfaced suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo is questioning his future at Juventus, and Manchester United may sensationally try to lure the Portuguese star back to the Premier League.

Ronaldo has struggled with a knee injury in recent weeks, but his Juventus side sit top of Serie A and have already qualified for the next round of the Champions League with two games to spare. 

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Football journalist Eduardo Inda raised eyebrows on Spanish television show ‘El Chiringuito’, when he claimed that despite the Bianconeri’s convincing start to the new campaign, Ronaldo ‘could leave Juventus at the end of the season’, as reported by ​the Daily Star.

“Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus at the end of the current season if they do not win the Champions League.

“He went to Turin to try and win his third Champions League with a different club but things are getting complicated.”

Inda then justified his suspicions by suggesting that Juve are in the market for two of football’s biggest superstars, which would pave the way for a ​Ronaldo exit.

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“Juventus want to sign (Paul) ​Pog​ba and (Kylian) ​Mbappé. I think it is going to be difficult for them, especially the second one.

“Due to the salary limits, if they want to sign these players they would have to allow for his (Ronaldo’s) exit from the club so it is becoming a very likely outcome.”

According to reports, the Red Devils are one of a number of clubs interested in securing the services of the 34-year-old, although with ​Man Utd set to miss out on Champions League football next season and it’s unlikely that the ​ex-Real Madrid star would return to Old Trafford. 

There have been no statements from either the club or player to allude to such rumours, and Ronaldo recently opened up over his bad reaction to being substituted against ​Milan, insisting that he ‘tried to help ​Juventus by playing injured’. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Everyone knows that I don’t like to be substituted, but there was no problem in my gestures after the change. I tried to help Juventus by playing injured.

“No one likes to be replaced, but I understand it, because I wasn’t well in those two games. I wasn’t 100 per cent.”

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Italy 9-1 Armenia: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Azzurri End Qualification With Demolition Job

Italy ended their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in style as they thumped Armenia 9-1 to finish with a 100% winning record.

The Azzurri started the game in scintillating fashion, essentially wrapping up the game inside the first ten minutes thanks to goals from Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Italy made it 3-0 midway through the first half when Nicolo Barella poked home after a super ball from Leonardo Bonucci. Incredibly, the rout continued four minutes later after Immobile rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into an empty net for his second of the day and tenth of his international career.

The Armenians were able to hold their opponents off for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but their resistance ended when Zaniolo scored his second with a fabulous strike from the edge of the box with his left foot. 

Unfortunately for Armenia the onslaught was nowhere near done, with defender Alessio Romagnoli stabbing home from a corner, before Jorginho and substitute Riccardo Orsolini got their names on the scoresheet to make it eight. 

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Armenia did get one back after Jorginho’s mistake but that proved to be momentary respite as Federico Chiesa made it nine a minute later with his first goal for the national side.

Here’s 90min’s breakdown of the game.


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Key Talking Point

After breaking an 80-year national record with their tenth consecutive win, which came against Bosnia and Herzegovina a few days ago, Italy could have dropped their guard a touch -especially with Roberto Mancini making wholesale changes from the last game. However, that wasn’t to be, and the Azzurri put in another fantastic display as they humiliated Armenia.

Nicolò Zaniolo

Winning Euro 2020 next summer may be a step too far for Italy, but they are definitely on an upward trajectory and must continue to show improvement so they are able to go deep into the competition and make the world realise that they are well and truly back.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Sirigu (6); Di Lorenzo (7), Bonucci (7), Romagnoli (8), Biraghi (6); Tonali (7), Jorginho (7), Barella (8); Zaniolo (9*), Immobile (8), Chiesa (8).

Substitutes: Orsolini (7), Izzo (6), Meret (6).


STAR PLAYER 

Zaniolo is a stunning talent, and proved that with a magnificent display tonight. The midfield maestro was at the heart of everything and showcased his stunning technical ability with a number of brilliant passes. His two goals in the game was the perfect reward for a supreme performance, and he will hope that this has persuaded his manager to put him in the starting XI for Euro 2020.






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Player Ratings

Starting XI: Airapetyan (4); Hambartsumyan (4), Haroyan (3), Calisir (2), Ishkhanyan (4), Hovhannisyan (4); Babayan (6), Grigoryan (5), Edigaryan (4), Barseghyan (4); Karapetyan (5).

Substitutes: Simonyan (5), Sarkisov (6), Avetisyan (5)


Looking Ahead

With qualification now over, Italy will look to re-group and focus on bigger and better things heading into Euro 2020. Armenia, meanwhile, will lick their wounds after a desperately disappointing defeat and will reflect on a qualifying campaign that saw them finish fifth in the group.

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Juventus Officially Confirm 1-Year Contract Extension for Leonardo Bonucci

​Serie A champions Juventus have officially confirmed a new contract extension for defender Leonardo Bonucci, keeping him at the club until 2024.

The 32-year-old’s previous deal wasn’t set to expire until 2023, but Juventus have seen it fit to reward Bonucci with new terms following a return to form after his unsuccessful spell with AC Milan.

The Italy international initially joined the club from Bari in 2010, going on to make 376 appearances for Juventus where he’s scored 25 goals and claimed 10 assists.

Bonucci currently ranks 19th as Juventus’ all-time appearance maker, but the 32-year-old will likely take his tally to over 400 this season, while he could even break into the 500s if the news of a new contract proves to be true.

He’s won 15 major honours with Juventus since his move nine years ago, while this season Bonucci has even been trusted with the captain’s armband in the absence of injured veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

While Bonucci will be hopeful of adding a ninth Serie A title to his collection this season, Juventus are currently locked in their toughest title fight in years with Antonio Conte’s Inter.

Leonardo Bonucci

The Bianconeri do still have a one-point lead at the top of Serie A, and both sides have a similar fixture schedule in terms of difficulty ahead of the new year.

Having seen Juventus come out on top thanks to a brace from Paulo Dybala when these sides last met in October, eyes are already on their next meeting which is set to take place in Turin at the start of March.

Juve are ​also said to be in contract renewal talks with Wojciech Szczesny and Juan Cuadrado.


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