Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has ruled out the possibility of Adrien Rabiot and Emre Can leaving the club, despite the midfield duo being linked with moves to the Premier League.
Can has been linked with a move away from the Italian champions in recent months, with Manchester United reportedly tracking the former Liverpool player who was left unhappy after being omitted from the club’s squad for this season’s Champions League group stages.
The Germany international has started just two league fixtures for the Turin side so far this season and is said to have been left frustrated by his lack of first-team action, though Paratici insists the 25-year-old remains part of manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans and will not be leaving during the January transfer window.
“I can exclude Emre Can leaving, as he will certainly remain with us,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.
“On an international level, he is one of the most wanted players, but I think he can be important for our project.”
Rabiot has also been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal believed to be keen on a deal for a player who only arrived at the Allianz Stadium on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The 24-year-old has struggled to establish himself amongst a host of midfield competition, though Paratici is confident the midfielder will become an important figure for the club as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings.
“Rabiot arrived here after not playing for eight months. It’s only natural on a physical level he should take time to adapt. He paid the price for that, but he has done well when used.
“We are confident, he is an important player and a guarantee for Juve, not a question mark or a doubt. We have an important squad, with a lot of competition for places, and that’s how it should be at this level.”