Blaise Matuidi has reportedly turned down the opportunity to join AS Monaco in favour of remaining at Juventus this season.
Following the summer arrivals of central midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers, Matuidi’s Juventus future seemed doubtful.
Head coach Maurizio Sarri is keen to trim his bloated squad before the transfer window shuts. The Italian is unhappy with Juventus’ “embarrassing” situation as he will have to leave out several first-team players in his 25-man Champions League team.
This had prompted rumours that Matuidi was in talks for a Ligue 1 return at Monaco for this season. Reports had also linked his Bianconeri team-mate Daniele Rugani with a move to the Stade Louis II.
With the France international out of contract next summer, Sarri was allegedly open to him joining Monaco. Apparently, Sami Khedira’s pre-season performances have convinced the former Chelsea manager to retain the German midfielder.
But L’Equipe claims that Matuidi plans to see out the remainder of his contract at Turin anyway. Therefore, Sarri’s attempts to offload players appear to have received a fresh blow.
This latest report backs up Matuidi’s comments earlier this summer, where he indicated a desire to remain at Juventus.
“I am really happy at Juve,” said the 32-year-old in June.
“We never know what can happen in football but in the meantime, I am happy – my family, too.
“Regarding my contract, I let my agent [Mino Raiola] deal with it. So far, he has always done well. I do not know why it would suddenly change. I am not worried.”
Since completing a €25m transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Matuidi has become a critical part of the Juventus team.
The World Cup winner has managed seven goals and six assists in 88 appearances in all competitions. He’s also helped the club win two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and the Suppercoppa Italiana.