Conte's contract extension talks will be easy, says Juventus director Marotta

The former Bianconeri midfielder has taken the Turin club to the top of Serie A in an unbeaten campaign thus far, and will be offered a new bumper deal
Juventus coach Antonio Conte is set to be rewarded for a successful campaign with a new contract, with general manager Giuseppe Marotta stating that the negotiations will be a mere formality.

The Turin giants have been rejuvenated under the former Siena trainer, and are currently unbeaten and top of Serie A with six games to go.

The Bianconeri executive has praised Conte, who is under contract until 2013, and spoke of the close relationship the trainer has with president Andrea Agnelli.

"The renewal of Conte's contract will be done quite automatically," Marotta told Corriere dello Sport.

"His relationship with the club and the chairman Andrea Agnelli is one of great esteem and close friendship.

"He is the architect of our project, so the question of his renewal seems to me like a false problem. I think we will find an agreement very quickly," he stated confidently.

Juventus' all-time top goalscorer Alessandro Del Piero is out of contract at the end of the season, and although Marotta hailed the attacker as a champion, was not as forthcoming on a potential extension for the 37-year-old.

"Del Piero is a champion; there are no words to describe what he has given the club in terms of passion and performances.

"Last year we signed a one-year contract extension, which was right and a duty.

"Is there a ray of hope for another renewal? We are not focused on the dynamics of the future, rather that of the present. We want to focus on realities, not dreams.

"Players like Del Piero are a very rare commodity; it is impossible to immediately find a player like him. However, champions will be found over time," he concluded.