Mino Raiola puts Europe’s elite on alert after revealing Moise Kean and Juventus are yet to agree new deal, as he warns ‘the boy must always play’
- Striker Moise Kean is in the middle of a contract stand-off with his club Juventus
- The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, insists his client should get more playing time
- The 19-year-old was called up to the Italy squad by Roberto Mancini this month
Mino Raiola has put Europe’s leading clubs on alert by revealing Moise Kean is in the middle of a contract stand-off with Juventus.
The 19-year-old has taken his chances with the Serie A champions this season, scoring twice and setting up another goal in his four league appearances.
Those performances saw him called up for Italy once more, and he made his competitive debut on Saturday evening.
Moise Kean is in the midst of a contract stalemate with Juventus, according to his agent
Despite his breakthrough season, his agent believes he should be playing on a more regular basis, and revealed that the promise of more pitch time almost saw him leave in January.
Speaking on a Facebook video about the 19-year-old, according to Calico Mercato, Raiola said: ‘There are several assessments to be made, the boy [Kean] must always play.
‘I almost brought him to AC Milan in January, Leonardo and I had done it all but Juve didn’t want it to happen,’ he said.
Talking on whether Kean would receive a new contract in Turin, he added: ‘At the moment, there is a stalemate. The boy has the obligation to always play.’
Raiola also talked about another of his clients, Mario Balotelli, and his desire to see him return to the Italy set-up.
Despite impressing since moving to Marseille in January — the 28-year-old has five goals in eight appearances — he was overlooked by Roberto Mancini for the Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures against Finland and Liechtenstein.
Mino Raiola has revealed the 19-year-old striker was close to joining Milan in January
‘Balotelli has the obligation to return to the national team and team up with Kean,’ he added.
While his future at Juventus is a little up in the air, Kean certainly has a fond admirer in the form of the Azzurri coach.
Mancini spoke in glowing terms of the teenage prodigy after scoring his first international goal against Finland on Saturday.
‘Kean has quality, enormous potential and it all depends on him,’ said Mancini,
‘It’s not difficult to see talent in Kean and [Roma’s 19-year-old midfielder] Nicolo Zaniolo, so it’s not a risk to pick them.
‘There’s plenty of quality among our young players. It’s not difficult to understand that.’
Italy are away to Liechtenstein on Monday evening, looking to make it two wins from two in their Euro 2020 qualifying group.