Daniele Rugani

Daniele Rugani rejected €20m contract offer from Chelsea

According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Juventus’s Daniele Rugani turned down a €20m contract offer from Chelsea in order to stay at Juventus.

This is somewhat of a surprise given how heavily Rugani had been linked with the Blues but perhaps the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus may have persuaded Rugani to stick around.

Rising star

Rugani began his senior career with Italian side Empoli. He debuted for them in 2013 and would go on to make 81 appearances for them, scoring five and assisting two in that time.

Rugani’s excellent two seasons at Empoli would attract the attention of Juventus who Rugani had previously played for at a youth level.

Juventus would then resign Rugani in February of 2015 for just £4.5 million. Rugani was loaned back to Empoli for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.

Since signing for Juventus Rugani has played 67 games in all competitions for the Italian giants, scoring five and assisting two.

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This past season Rugani made 26 appearances for Juventus. However, he has failed to hold down a regular starting place.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Maurizio Sarri, coach of Chelsea looks on prior to the international friendly between Chelsea FC and Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

New boss

Sarri was officially announced as Chelsea boss on the 14th of July and had this to say.

‘I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.

‘I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.

‘I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.’

Chelsea have already signed Jorginho from Sarri’s ex-club Napoli but it does not look as though Rugani will be following in his footsteps.

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