Antonio di Natale believes Udinese can be regarded as title contenders.

Whilst quick to suggest that Udinese are not favourites for the title, the striker indirectly hinted towards a growing confidence within the dressing room of their potential to keep pace at the top of the table.

"I have always said that Milan has something extra and I repeat that, for me, they are favourites for the title," began the captain at the mid-season meeting between Serie A's Coaches, captains and referees.

"Now the pair ahead of everyone else is Milan and Juve, but we are attached.

"This year we hope to go all the way. To promise Udinese a Scudetto seems to me to be a bit strong-worded, but we are here."