No Serie A return for Ibrahimovic

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed rumours suggesting the club wants to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden international revealed that he will leave the Ligue 1 champions when his contract expires at the end of the season and has since been linked to a number of European teams, including a possible return to Juventus.

Marrota admitted Ibrahimovic is a great player, but added the club’s transfer policy was to bring in more young players.

“Ibrahimovic is a great player but we have a philosophy, and we determine our transfer strategy based on that,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

“We will continue to focus on young players. Ibrahimovic comes with a massive financial commitment, and no Italian club could support it.

The director also revealed that Juventus are currently trying to sign 23-year-old forward Alvaro Morata, who’s on loan from Real Madrid, on a permanent basis.

“I already described Morata’s situation as a Sword of Damocles hanging over us,” he added. “Morata expressed the desire to remain with us and we are aware that in our hands he’s not a promising player, but a reality.

“We want to build the future on these young players and we’ll try, but ultimately the final word rests with Real Madrid.”