Blaise Matuidi revealed that a Juventus exit in the summer was “never considered”, with the midfielder only concerned about onfield matters.
Matuidi’s future was in big doubt during the recent transfer window as his contract will expire next summer. It left Juventus with a tough call to make in either selling or risk losing him for nothing.
This prompted talk of a return to France for Matuidi in AS Monaco along with team-mate Daniele Rugani.
Fueling the rumours was Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri’s desire to trim his bloated squad. It left the Italian with no other choice but to leave out some big names like Mario Mandzukic in his 25-man Champions League squad.
But Matuidi remained in Turin and made the cut for Sarri’s European squad despite the doubts over his future.
The World Cup winner then repaid his boss’ faith by scoring the second goal in Juventus’ 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid in their Group D opener on Wednesday.
“You were convinced that I’d leave in the summer, but I never considered this opportunity,” Matuidi told Tuttomercatoweb.
“I work every day for the team and I’m only thinking about what happens on the pitch. Juve are a great team and they give me so much confidence.”
Although the 32-year-old’s strong display in Madrid was spoilt by Atletico’s late comeback, where they scored two goals from set-pieces in the final 20 minutes of the match.
“We had a good game against Atletico, creating lots of chances,” added Matuidi.
“We only have a small problem with set-pieces and we’re working hard to prevent it from happening again.
“I should’ve done more to put off Herrera for 2-2, so we all still have a lot to learn.”
Matuidi, who has started in all three of Juventus’ league games, is now preparing for Saturday’s clash with Hellas Verona.