Juventus' Claudio Marchisio: I am a central midfielder, not a winger

The Italy international is pleased to have moved back to the centre of the pitch after being deployed in a wide position in the past few weeks
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has expressed his satisfaction with head coach Antonio Conte's decision to play him in central midfield again, rather than field him as a left-winger.

Marchisio was deployed on the left in the recent friendly game against Sporting Lisbon, but played alongside Andrea Pirlo in the centre of the pitch in Tuesday's 1-0 friendly win over America.

"I'm a centre midfielder and not a winger. I have never had any doubts about this. The coach has now told me that he sees me like that too and I'm very pleased with his comments," Marchisio was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

The 25-year-old then discussed his side's friendly victory and stated his delight with Juventus' performance, as winger Cristian Pasquato netted the only goal of the contest.

He added: "The coach doesn't want us to lose possession and just hit the ball forward. We have to rely on each other and should use the goalkeeper whenever necessary. That's exactly what we did. We were not afraid to take a bit of risk and quickly moved the ball around. This progress is important for the future."

Juventus take on Chivas Guadalajara on July 29 in the final game of their pre-season tour of the USA.