Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists he has “great confidence” in Weston McKinney despite reports of a possible move for the midfielder.
The 23-year-old American has played seven times for Juventus this season, but he still doesn’t play regularly for Allegri.
Reports in Italy claim he could move in January, with Juventus reportedly prioritizing the signing of midfielder Aurelien Chuamini from Monaco.
But despite speculation about his future, Allegri insisted that the US international could play a major role for the Bianconeri.
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“He can’t play in the middle in front of the defense. He has goals in his legs,” he told reporters before his team’s Serie A match against Roma (4th place, 15 points) on Sunday (2:45 pm ET). .
“It is not true that I do not have a good feeling with him. On the contrary, he played a very organized match against Torino. I have great confidence in him, otherwise he would not play.
“He’s back on Thursday, and tomorrow I don’t know if he will play from the start or come during the match.”
Coming off an international holiday in October, McKinney played two of the three games for the US team in victories over Jamaica and Costa Rica, notching a full 90 in both competitions. It was a comeback for McKinney after he was suspended and fired in September after breaking team COVID-19 protocols.
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Aaron Ramsey is another player whose future at Juventus has been called into question. The Wales midfielder has started just one of his four matches with the Turin giants, and it has been reported that they are willing to let him leave on a free transfer.
“There was nothing to clarify,” Allegri said. “He is a player I relied on a lot, he had an injury and he was short on time, and he has now played two matches for the national team.” “I don’t know if he’ll play from the start, but he’s a player I can count on.”
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Allegri is also unsure whether Alvaro Morata will be ready to face Roma on Sunday. The Spain striker missed his previous game against Torino through injury but could be fit enough after a two-week break, although Paulo Dybala will not be part of the squad.
“Morata will train with the team today, but it depends on how many risks he takes to be available because we don’t want to cancel all the work that the doctors have done,” said Allegri.
“Dybala is not like that at all, he is too late for Morata and he will not be there. I think in a week, max 10 days, [Dybala] It will be available to the team.”