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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus, Sampdoria renew co-ownership of Manolo Gabbiadini

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Claudio Villa

So much for those thoughts of Manolo Gabbiadini wearing black and white next season.

Instead, he'll almost certainly be staying right where he is, wearing the same colors he did a season ago.

Juventus announced on Thursday that Gabbiadini's co-ownership with Sampdoria has been extended one more season, keeping the 22-year-old Italian striker at the Luigi Ferraris for a second season and putting to rest any talk of him being part of Juve's attack next season.

So if you had Gabbiadini as a potential jersey to buy next season, you might want to reconsider it.

The two clubs finally agreed to keep Gabbiadini right where he is after an extended period of negotiations. Much was said in the press about where he might end up, including a number of rumors that he could be a player Juventus were seriously thinking of bringing in this summer to add to what is expected to be a somewhat new-look group of strikers behind Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente.

The end result, though, was Gabbiadini's co-ownership being extended one more season and he has another year to play 30-plus games if he stays fit like he has.

Gabbiadini scored eight goals in 34 games (32 starts) last season with Sampdoria. He was one of Samp's better performers from the start of the season to the end despite being played in a not-so-natural wide role under manager Siniša Mihajlović. He also added four assists on the year — second-most on the Sampdoria squad behind Eder.