French starlet explains snubbing Arsenal and Liverpool for Juventus

Kingsley Coman says that he spurned interest from top Premier League clubs because of Juventus’s French tradition and current project.

In a deal highly reminiscent of their capture of Paul Pogba two years ago, Juventus signed 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain youth product Kingsley Coman on a free transfer last week.

The teenage attacking midfielder has been hailed as one of Europe’s brightest talents, with a host prestigious clubs vying for his signature after he declined a deal to stay on at PSG.

But Juventus beat the competition to the punch to secure his signature, adding another French starlet to their ranks for coach Antonio Conte to develop.

This weekend, Coman spoke to L’Equipe and revealed why he chose the Old Lady over the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

He told the French newspaper: ‘I thought a lot before making a decision. Many clubs came forward - Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Bordeaux - who guaranteed me space, but I chose Juventus.

‘They have a great history with French players, who have often done well in Turin, some of them having left their mark. I said to myself, why not?

'The Juventus leaders presented their project and I realised it was not the classic ‘blah blah blah’. This does not mean I’ll follow the path of Pogba, but if I’m given the chance…’

Coman moves to Juventus with just 57 minutes of top-flight experience, the youngest player ever to turn out for the PSG first team at 16 years, eight months and four days.

Having signed a five-year contract, the ex-PSG man seems to have reached the conclusion that Juventus would give him the best opportunity to grow in as a senior squad member over the next few seasons.

Countryman Pogba made 37 appearances across all competitions as a 19-year-old in his first term with the Bianconeri, having amassed just seven with the first team at Manchester United.

Whether Coman is able to emulate Pogba’s meteoric rise in northern Italy remains to be seen, but certainly the teenage talent’s choice of Juventus was influenced at least in part by the Frenchman’s success in Turin.

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