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04.02.2008/ Barloworld's team manager Claudio Corti has denied media reports that Ivan Basso is negotiating a deal with his team. But there is also some positive news for the rider with the codename Birillio: Danilo Di Luca told Italian daily sports that he would like to ride in a team with Basso.

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Several media reports linked Ivan Basso with the Barloworld team but team manager Claudio Corti denied that the team is negotiating with Basso.
 
Claudio Corti said: "According to reports around the world, people seem to think I am keen to sign Ivan Basso. It's true that I had some contact with Basso aproximately a year and half ago when he was initially cleared but I want to clarify that Team Barlworld and Ivan Basso are not holding negotiations ." Corti concluded: "We are still defining our plans for with 2009 and beyond with the main sponsor and so it's unthinkable that we could be holding talks at this moment with any rider."
 
 
Basso won the overall of the Giro d'Italia in 2006 and could be a future teammate of 2007 Giro winner Danilo Di Luca. Di Luca told Italian daily sports Gazzetta Dello Sport: "I know him [Basso, editor] since I was a kid. I think it would be wonderful to ride in a team with him."

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