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The Partenopei coach was linked with the vacant managerial post in Turin last year following Luigi Del Neri's exit, but the former director has poured scorn on those rumours

Luciano Moggi has stoked the fires ahead of Juventus' Serie A clash with Napoli on Saturday by stating that Walter Mazzarri was never considered by his old club.

The 51-year-old coach shot to prominence at the end of the 2010-11 campaign after leading the Partenopei to third place in the Italian top flight and Champions League football the following season.

His exploits sparked rumours that he was in the running to replace sacked Bianconeri boss Luigi Del Neri but, according to the former director, this was not the case as Antonio Conte eventually took on the vacancy.

"It was Mazzarri looking for Juve and not vice versa,"
Moggi told Radio Mana Mana Sport.

"I know for a fact that Juventus have never thought of hiring Walter Mazzarri, but rather he was the one to have proposed to them before the appointment of [Antonio] Conte."

The two sides are both unbeaten in the league this season, taking 19 points from their opening seven fixtures.

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