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Juventus attacker Matri denies transfer rumors

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Juventus attacker Matri denies transfer rumors

Juventus striker Alessandro Matri has said rumors that he is set to leave the club are “absurd”.

The 28-year-old's future was called into question after the Serie A champion announced a deal to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente in the summer.

However Matri has said he finds competition for places healthy, and added that it will benefit the club as a whole.

“The transfer rumors about me are absurd. I find the competition for places here very stimulating,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I still have four years left on my contract [until June 2017] and I have always felt the backing of the club.”

The former Cagliari man also admitted he dreams of making himself a Juventus hero in the Champions League and revealed his ambitions to star for Italy at next summer’s World Cup.

“It’s also my dream to score a decisive goal in the Champions League seeing as I have yet to net in that competition. I’m hoping to find some space with the national side again as I want to be at the World Cup in Brazil.”

Matri has scored five goals in 12 games for Antonio Conte’s side this season.

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