Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi has rejected the chance to sign for Serie A winners Juventus over concerns that he doesn’t want to warm the bench in Turin.
Berardi, whose 38 league goals in three Serie A seasons has propelled him into the sights of several European clubs, helped Sassuolo qualify for the Europa League last season either playing on the wing or as a central striker.
Alvaro Morata’s departure from Juventus has left a hole up-front for The Old Lady to fill and that has led them to the 21-year-old who is yet to be capped by the Italian senior side.
But Berardi has quashed any hope of a move to Massimiliano Allegri’s side in favour of staying at Sassuolo, much to the joy of manager Eusebio di Francesco.
“He’s a great guy, who is attached to Sassuolo and myself,” he told Il Centro as reported by FourFourTwo.
“For me, he is ready for a big team, perhaps he thinks that is Sassuolo and therefore he stayed.
“Juve? Maybe he had a fear of not playing enough. It’s hard to accept the change and I am happy I get to coach him again.
“I’m looking forward to his growth.”
It is alleged that Juventus have the option to bring Berardi to Juventus Stadium on account of the forward’s buy-back clause in his contract whom Juve previously owned.