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Matuidi talks staying at Juve and the fight against racism

Blaise Matuidi, Juventus
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Blaise Matuidi has spoken about his desire to stay and fight for his place at Juventus and his opinion on racism in light of the recent Lukaku incident.

At his French national team press conference, Football-Italia reported Blaise Matuidi has given his support to Romelu Lukaku after the monkey chants incident at Cagliari.

He also speaks about his desire to stay a Juventus and enjoy the competition for places, rather than walk away to play once again for his childhood team PSG.

Romelu Lukaku recently endured the racist monkey chants synonymous with the fans of Serie A side Cagliari. Blaise Matuidi and then-teammate Moise Kean were given the same treatment when they visited with Juventus the previous season.

Matuidi said:

“I too had this problem in the same stadium, this time it happened to Lukaku.”

“Action must be taken. In football, as in life, there can be no room for racism.”

“We no longer want to see incidents like this, they set a terrible example to children and we must do everything possible to stop it.”

“There is no room for these people in the stadium.”

The World Cup winner is disappointed in the powers that be not stepping up and make the tough decisions against offenders.

He added:

“There was talk last season too, but there are institutions that can take action and that is what they should do.”

It was widely thought that Matuidi would be one of the people to make way for the new arrivals that would bring in the Maurizio Sarri era.

At 32 years of age, many saw it as perhaps his last opportunity to make a return to the club he supported as a boy PSG. But Matuidi says the talk was all untrue and merely journalistic gossip.

He continued:

“All that talk in the papers of PSG was not true.”

“Paris is always in my heart, I’ve been a fan of that club since I was little.”

“Wearing their shirt was a dream come true, but I have always said I’m happy at Juve, one of the best clubs in the world.”

The competition for places at Juventus is strong, but he is up for the challenge and uses it to drive him on to be a better player.

He said:

“Competition is not something that worries me, it is stimulating.:

“Nobody gives you anything in football and you need to earn your place.”

“If I am here, it’s because I always ensured I was ready when called.”

Matuidi has played the entirety of both Juventus’s Serie A encounters so far this season. The Frenchman is not planning on giving up his starting spot too soon or that easily.

Blaise Matuidi, PSG
PARIS, FRANCE – APRIL 02: Blaise Matuidi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona FCB at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)