Emre Can has confessed his Juventus frustrations amid the Germany midfielder’s struggles for regular minutes this season.
Emre, who joined Juventus on a free transfer from Liverpool last year, has only played 78 minutes of football under new coach Maurizio Sarri through three cameos in the Serie A. He even missed out on a spot in the team’s Champions League squad.
Undoubtedly, the summer arrivals of Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey haven’t helped his cause with the pair beginning to win favour with Sarri across recent games.
Despite his Turin problems, however, Emre retained his spot in the Germany team for this month’s international break. He then played the full 90 minutes during Wednesday’s 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina.
“I’m not happy [at Juventus] right now. I don’t play much at the moment,” the 25-year-old told reporters.
“Last season I played a lot. Especially in important games for Juventus. And I also played well there.
“I haven’t had a chance this season. But now I think, when I come back to the club, I will get chances again.
“I am definitely grateful to [Germany coach] Joachim Low. Because I didn’t play much in the club and he invited me anyway.
“Nevertheless, he gave me the chance. That’s why I was simply happy that I played again.”
Emre managed four goals and an assist in 37 appearances across all competitions for Juventus last season. He ended his debut campaign with a winners medal in both the Serie A and Suppercoppa Italiana.
The former Liverpool midfielder will hope for another crack in the Germany line-up for Sunday’s trip to Estonia for a Euro 2020 qualifier in Group C.
Die Mannschaft boss Low, meanwhile, explained his decisions to substitute the in-form Serge Gnabry and hand Joshua Kimmich the captain’s armband.