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Arsenal dealt huge blow in landing highly-rated Serie A youngster

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has handed Arsenal a potential blow in their hopes of snapping up highly-rated defender Daniele Rugani, according to the Daily Mirror.

The young centre-back impressed whilst on loan with Empoli last season, and attracted Arsenal’s interest in the process. The Gunners were encouraged to make a move for his services due to his inability to dislodge the likes of Chiellini, Bonucci and Lichtsteiner.

However, despite Juve’s wealth of options at the back, Allegri has insisted that Rugani will soon play a key part in the squad and keen to keep him on board for the future.

“Rugani is a kid, he’s good, he’s young. He came here from Empoli with only one Serie A campaign under his belt,” Allegri said.

“At Juventus he met four players among the strongest in Europe ahead of him and had to adapt to a completely different playing system.

“He must not be pressured. The same people who want him on the pitch now will crucify him as soon as he makes a mistake.

“Managing Rugani and the other youngsters is down to me, so I have to do this to my best. Rugani is and will be the future of Juventus and Italian football. Best not to hurry.”

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