Daniele Rugani has turned down an offer from Arsenal, the Juventus defender’s agent has told Calciomercato this week.
The 24-year-old has been plying his trade in Turin since 2013, when he arrived from Empoli, and recently lifted his fourth Serie A title as part of the Juve first-team.
But Rugani has started just 14 games in the 2018/19 season and there is a growing feeling that a player who was once tipped to replace Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci is struggling to fulfil his potential.
He remains behind the veteran duo in Max Allegri’s pecking order after all. But at least Rugani has plenty of silverware on his CV while Arsenal, the club he could have joined, have failed to mount a convincing title challenge in the last six years.
Speaking to Calciomercato, Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia has revealed that the Italy international rejected the chance to sign for the Gunners due to desire to succeed in the black and white stripes of Juventus.
"Arsenal? There were one of the first teams interested. There were also other teams, but it's useless to talk about that now that he's at Juventus (until 2023). There are requests now as well but there is no need to advertise.”
Torchia does not make it clear when a move to Arsenal were on the cards but the North London giants have been linked with Rugani on a regular basis over the last three years.
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