Del Piero targets Champions League glory
Friday 07 November 2008
Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero would prefer winning the Champions League to the Scudetto this season.
The veteran former Italy international was instrumental in Juve's 2-0 Champions League victory over much-fancied Real Madrid on Tuesday after scoring both goals at the Bernabeu.
The Turin club are currently sixth in the Serie A table following an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign and Del Piero has set his sights on European glory this season.
"It's difficult to say which one I would prefer to win," he said. "I think the Champions League would be better to win because it gives you certain emotions, but we want to try and win both and we will see what happens in February.
"I feel really good at the moment both mentally and physically and I have learned plenty over the last 15 years."
Meanwhile, reports suggest Juve have stepped up their interest in Valencia winger Joaquin.
Claudio Ranieri's side are believed to be willing to spend €15million on the 27-year-old Spain international, whose Mestalla contract still has more than three years to run.
The Italian club’s sporting director, Alessio Secco, is reported to have flown to Valencia after his team’s Champions League victory at Real Madrid to open talks with Los Che officials.
The former Real Betis star has played a key role in Valencia’s excellent start to the season, in sharp contrast to his poor form last term under Ronald Koeman.
At Palermo in-form striker Fabrizio Miccoli is keen to sign a new contract with the club.
Since moving to Sicily from Benfica in the summer, the 29-year-old has found the net six times in only nine appearances to help Palermo make a solid start to the campaign.
The ex-Juventus forward said: "Aside from this one, I still have another season left on my contract and we need to see what Palermo intend to do. I have a marvellous rapport with the president and, if he is willing to start talks next January, I am ready to listen.
"I frequently speak with him on the phone. He has proved that he greatly counts on me and I truly owe him, as he was the one that brought me here."
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