Chelsea made a ‘very strong push’ to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, his agent has confirmed.
The 24-year-old has been on the sidelines with a broken rib in recent times, after suffering the injury against Frosinone, and has only played in one Serie A game this campaign.
However, he could have made a transfer to the Premier League in 2018/19 as Chelsea pursued the defender.
‘Chelsea made a very strong push to negotiate, Juve evaluated it, but the player never asked to leave,’ his agent Davide Torchia told RMC Sport radio.
‘His objective was to earn his place in the starting XI. Juve believed in the player and we’ll discuss it during the contract renewal talks.
‘It expires in 2021, so there is no urgency, but we cannot wait too long either.’
Daniele Rugani worked alongside Maurizio Sarri at Empoli in the past, where he spent two years on loan under the Italian.
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Any possibility of a reunion with the former Napoli head coach seems unlikely for the time being, though.