While Juventus enjoyed a good transfer season it seems that the team missed out on a few players of interest.
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— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) 19 August 2016
Speaking this week Everton striker Romelu Lukaka said that he rejected the chance to join Juventus and he didn’t believe that it was the right time to move. He said that while he is upset not to be in a European competition he “opted for Everton because it was too early for Italy and I have not done badly here.”
Everton has a new coach Ronald Koeman and Lukaka said that he thinks the team can make progress under him but he has not ruled out a move in the future saying that ultimately he wants to win prizes.
Juventus also missed out on Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi after the club blocked his move this summer.
The French international had been linked with a move to the Italian champions as a replacement for Paul Pogba. However, the club decided not to sell him.
Nonetheless Matuidi insists that he is not unhappy with PSG. Speaking on television this week he said, “There was a concrete offer. I did want to leave. The club decided otherwise and I had to accept. It is true that it has been a delicate period for me because I had a wish and that wish was not granted. However, I am not unhappy at PSG. Far from it, in fact, I am very happy.”
Matuidi has two years left on his contract at PSG and while he is no longer in the starting line-up he also says that he is happy with the new coach Unai Emery. According to Matuidi he has had long conversations with Emery and the coach has “great confidence” in him which contributed to the club’s decision not to sell him.