Juventus explain why Quagliarella's training alone

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Juventus director Beppe Marotta has moved to calm speculation that striker Fabio Quagliarella has been expelled from the squad.

Fabio Quagliarella must be wishing he had completed a January transfer as he finds himself out of favour at Juventus and facing months of inactivity.

The World Cup winner has been behind Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco in the pecking order and has now seen Pablo Daniel Osvaldo arrive.

The news that Quagliarella hadn't been selected for the club's Europa League squad was a big blow and started a war or words between Juventus and the player's agent Beppe Bozzo.

Bozzo stated that Quagliarella had every right to be angry and suggested that Juventus had been respectful to leave him out of their European plans.

This was followed by the news that Quagliarella had been training separately from the rest of the squad, prompting suggestions that the ex-Udinese man had been cut loose.

However, Juventus director Beppe Marotta insists that there is an innocent explanation for Quagliarella's training situation.

"We never thought of cutting him out of the squad because there's no reason to," Marotta told Ansa.

"He is training separately to the rest of the players because he has the 'flu'."

Marotta did however have some cutting words for Quagliarella's representative Bozzo.

"I don't think it's right for a player's agent or entourage to make comments about a club's technical decisions, so I think Beppe Bozzo's comments in the newspapers were out of place," he insisted.

"Quagliarella is one of our players and we have always appreciated his work and contribution to the squad.

"The rules of international competition mean you have to make tough decisions. His exclusion from the Europa League squad can't be seen as a lack of respect because it isn't and the player was warned in advance." 

Quagliarella was linked to West Ham, Lazio and Cardiff City in the transfer window, but he ended up staying put.

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