Daniele Rugani has signed a contract extension with Juventus until June 2023.
The 24-year-old defender came through the youth system at Juventus, but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the line-up. Therefore, Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for Rugani last summer.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was keen to add Rugani to the squad for his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge after previously coaching him at Empoli.
But Mattia Caldara’s sale to AC Milan shut the door for Sarri, with Rugani remaining put at Turin. He has since gone to make only 14 appearances in all competitions this term.
This had raised further concerns over Rugani’s future at Juventus, with just 11 Serie A starts to his name in the club’s 28 matches, and reportedly led to renewed interest from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
But the seven-time Italy international remains highly-valued by manager Massimiliano Allegri, who labelled him the “future of Juventus” earlier this season.
“He is a good player, very good,” said Allegri.
“But we can’t forget that we’ve got four of the best defenders in Europe in the form of [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Andrea] Barzagli, [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Martin] Caceres.
“However, Daniele represents Juve’s future, there are no doubts about it. He just needs to be patient and keep on working, as he has done until now.”
The Bianconeri also highly value Rugani for the way he can anticipate his opponents during games and his positional sense. So they’ve have given him a welcome boost by awarding him a new two-year contract.
“The football story of Daniele Rugani has always been intertwined with the black and white stripes, and he is destined to remain tightly connected to the club after agreeing on a contract extension until 2023,” read a club statement.
Arsenal, Fiorentina and Napoli have also been linked with moves for Rugani in the past.