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Marotta says that Juventus are not in talks for Higuain

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Beppe confirms De Laurentiis’ statements

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Beppe Marotta
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There may be many reasons for Juventus to chase Gonzalo Higuain, and even more to not pursue him, but for now he remains a Napoli player.

Earlier today Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis had said that contrary to media rumors, the Bianconeri had not activated the player’s €94m release clause, adding that Juve "never had any intention" of doing so since "they’re a club with class".

Juventus General Manager Beppe Marotta confirmed this later in the day, speaking to the media after the League’s meetings being held today.

"Yes, there’s no negotiation for Higuain.

"De Laurentiis said we won’t pay the release clause? I’d say yes, that’s how it is. I’d say yes, absolutely.

"It’s a closed subject. For now. There’s no negotiation with Napoli. I won’t add anything else.

"Has Higuain asked to be sold? Ask Napoli. Will we replace Alvaro Morata? Well yes, we will."

So there, that should put to bed any lingering gossip linking Juve to the Higuain. For now.