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Chelsea were interested in signing Juventus defender Daniele Rugani last summer, and the rumours of a deal were strong until it fizzled out.
Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia has now revealed why the move failed. Maurizio Sarri was Chelsea manager at the time but moved to Juventus at the end of last season and is now working with Rugani.
Speaking of the failed move to Chelsea, Torchia has revealed that he decided with Rugani to snub a move to Chelsea and remain with Juventus.
“Last year the decision to say no to Chelsea was also ours, of Daniele and therefore mine as a result,” he said.
“We were happy to stay and Juve was happy to keep us.”
While Rugani has gone on to improve with Juve, Chelsea aren’t short of quality centre-backs. Blues boss Frank Lampard has the likes of David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger at his disposal, with reports claiming that young defender Fikayo Tomori may leave on another loan deal.
Zouma expressed on loan for Everton last season, and Everton boss Marco Silva was keen on retaining him at the Goodison Park. However, Lampard has chosen to keep the 24-year-old for next season.
Speaking of the Chelsea competition and the assurances he’s gotten from the manager, Zouma said: “We had a chat and he’s been very good with me so now I just need to work very hard in pre-season and see what happens.
“Of course there’s competition here because we have a lot of players, a lot of quality and everybody is working hard, which you can see in the games and training sessions.
“The manager can put any player in the team and they will do well because we have a lot of quality here so he has to make the choice. He is very lucky because he has only good players so it’s a hard choice.”