United's £20m target would rather stay on the bench than leave!

Manchester United target Claudio Marchisio says that he would prefer to stay at Juventus – even on the bench – than leave Turin.

The 27 year old midfielder, who was born in Turin, has been with Juventus since the age of seven. Having come from a family of Juve season ticket holders, there was only ever one team Marchisio would want to play for, and made his debut at the age of 20 as Juventus were relegated to Serie B for their part in the Calciopoli scandal.

But with the emergence of Paul Pogba, along with ever presents Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in the middle of the park for Antonio Conte's men, Marchisio has found himself on the substitutes bench lately, but insists that as long as he is playing for Juventus, he doesn't mind what his role is, and wants to help the team win a third successive league title.

"After winning the Scudetto two years in a row it's never easy," Marchisio told Sky Sport Italia. "This group have always given their all - even those who aren't necessarily regular starters - and the results are clear to see.

"My goal against Cagliari was an important one, not because some have been saying I'm unhappy on the bench and the like, but rather because we were in a bit of difficultly in that first half.”

"Like I've always said, whether I'm on the bench or not I'll always have a great desire to help out the team and the manager, not just in the games but also in training, so I'm completely calm about it.”

Marchisio came off the bench to score Juve's second goal in their 4-1 win over Cagliari, and he did in front of Manchester United boss David Moyes, who had travelled to Italy to watch the midfielder as he ramps up his search to solve his own problems in the middle of the park.

United had been linked with a £20m move for Marchisio, but the latest comments from the Italian international would suggest that, even though a move to United would almost certainly guarantee first team football on a regular basis, Marchisio has no intention of leaving the club he has supported since he as a child – meaning Moyes will have to turn his attention to other targets.

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