Diego linked with Serie A move

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Werder Bremen star Diego has again been linked with a summer move to Juventus following the latest comments from his outspoken agent.

Djair da Cunha, the father and representative of the Brazil star, has revealed that Diego has set his sights on a move to Juve where he hopes to fulfil his dream of being crowned European football of the year.

Diego has been mentioned in Italy as a possible replacement for Juve's retiring playmaker Pavel Nedved.

"Diego wants Juventus and he would win the Ballon d'Or in the Bianconeri jersey," said da Cunha.

"It's such a big satisfaction knowing that all the Juve fans admire him and I would be really happy if the deal with Werder Bremen makes progress.

"My son dreams about playing for a club that wins in Europe."

Bayer Leverkusen coach Bruno Labbadia insists Champions League qualification can still be achieved despite the club's currently patchy form.

Bayer have taken just four points from a possible 15 since the Bundesliga resumed after its winter break and have slipped down to sixth place in the table.

But despite suggestions that the Uefa Cup is now more of a target than the Champions League, Labbadia claims a top-three finish is still achievable.

"We will not bury our hopes," he said. "The team is in an important learning phase, although it cannot last too long.

"We still have the chance of qualifying for Europe. I am not going to make everything out to be bad.

"A few weeks ago, everybody was in awe of our football. We just need to talk critically about a few things and get back to where we were.

"We can only achieve that through very hard work."