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The Turin side's head coach has stressed that the attacker still has a role to play at his current club and will get an opportunity to play after he proves his worth

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has revealed that he is a keen admirer of Fabio Quagliarella, but added that the forward will have to prove his worth on the training pitch if he is to break into the starting XI.

The 28-year-old joined the Turin side from Napoli on loan in the summer of 2010 and impressed in his first six months at the club.

A knee injury kept him out of action for the second half of the season, but this did not stop Juventus from making his stay at the club permanent ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.

However, the striker has struggled for regular first-team action so far this season, and Conte has explained that he needs to see more from Quagliarella on the training ground before electing to play him from the start.

"I’m a big fan of his and believe he can give us an important step up in quality. He just needs to give me the opportunity of saying: 'This week he’s been the best, I'll pick him.' When this happens, he'll play.

"He's come back from a nasty injury, which I'm fully aware of having experienced a similar injury myself."

Quagliarella has made only one Serie A appearance so far this term.

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