Juventus coach Luigi Delneri has dismissed speculation he could leave his post at the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the Serie A season.
Juve have been below their best at both domestic and European level this term, having slumped to seventh on the Italian table and failing to make it past the Europa League group stages.
Their poor form has led to speculation Delneri could be departing the Turin club in the coming months, but the Juve manager said such talk was without truth.
“The coach lives on his working beliefs and does not change his mind on the job he has done so far from one day to the other,” Delneri told reporters ahead of Juve’s clash with AC Milan on Saturday.
“I’ve never done this and I’ll never do it. I’ll always keep on following my path, despite what the others say and write.”
“I already have a contract for next year. I don’t have to ask, I already have the contract.”
“I think that no one can ask me if I’ll still be coach of Juventus next year. Of course the football world is kind of special, and what is right today could be wrong tomorrow afternoon and vice versa.”
“I only have to focus on my job and my job today is also to talk about AC Milan.”
League leaders Milan travel to Turin desperate to maintain their five-point margin over rivals Inter Milan, who have risen to second on the table following a remarkable turnaround under new boss Leonardo.
A Juve win would potentially throw the Scudetto title race wide open, and Delneri is confident his side can come away with such a result.
“We’re motivated. We know that we’ll be facing a very competitive team, which is proving to deserve their position in the ranking,” he said.
“The players have great technical skills, but we have proved to have competitive skills as well and we’ll bring them on the pitch.”
“There is still time to achieve important performances and to be able to reach a certain position in the league.”
“We are committed to achieve a great objective and this is much more difficult than working without an objective in mind. We are very clear in mind about what we want to achieve. “