Defender Daniele Rugani has renewed his Juventus contract for another five years which will keep him with the club until 2021, the Serie A champions have announced.
Rugani has attracted the interest of the Chelsea earlier this season, with manager Antonio Conte eying a potential deal.
However, Juve announced the completion of a new deal for Rugani on their official site and social media channels, with a statement that shows how important they feel the player will be for the future.
Although he officially signed with the Serie A champions in 2013, they loaned him back to Empoli where he had spent most of his youth career before he made his debut for Juve in 2015.
The statement reads: “Classy, composed, timely in the challenge and also among the goals of late, Rugani is quickly developing into an outstanding defender.
“Coach Massimiliano Allegri believes he has what it takes to be a key Juventus player for many years to come, and it’s easy to see why.
“The centre-back has played for the national team from under-17’s upwards and made his full debut for the senior team in November.”
Daniele Rugani told Juventus official website
“I am proud to have renewed his contract for five years until 2021, “This route that I’ve taken gives me great satisfaction. I want to say lots of things about it, it means that the club believes in me, that I’m doing well and I’m happy and proud of this.
“I’m happy because I was born a Juve fan and to extend for five years gives me the greatest satisfaction of all.
“The pressure is always there, including this year because I’m playing more. Now, I’ve found more space but the pressure was also there last year when I had to prove myself.
“What has changed is the maturity and mental awareness that I have gained. This is normal in the development of a player who comes from an exceptional club like Empoli. The difference from last year is that I’m able to handle this better and I think I’ve made progress in this way.”