Mario Lemina to have Juventus talks amid Arsenal and Watford links
Mario Lemina is set to hold talks with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri over his future at the club, the midfielder has told RMC.
Lemina made just eight Serie A starts for the Bianconeri in a campaign that, though it ended with a substitute appearance in the Champions League final, left the Gabon midfielder frustrated.
The 23-year-old has three years left on his contract in Turin, but will talk to Allegri before deciding whether or not to seek a fresh challenge.
“I think before preseason, we’ll have a discussion about that. We’re going to talk to each other. We’re going to see what they really want to do with me and what I want to do in terms of how much playing time I’ll get. We’re going to put everything on the table and speak about it calmly,” he said.
“I learn alongside these players every day. We really have a well-stocked midfield with great names like [Sami] Khedira, [Miralem] Pjanic, [Claudio Marchisio. I learn a lot, I gain a lot of experience. But it’s true that next year, I have to play a lot more to be able to make a name for myself like they have.”
The former Lorient and Marseille player recently said he would welcome a move to the Premier League where Arsenal and Watford have been linked with a transfer.
“Everything might interest me. You have to see the project, the feeling that you get from the board. Of course they’re interesting projects. But for the moment, my head’s at Juve. After talking to them, we’ll be able to talk about real interest or not,” the midfielder said.
“Personally, it was quite a difficult season. I would have liked to play more. I’m a young player, I really need to play to be able to establish myself. Now, I’m in one of the three biggest clubs in the world. I think a lot of people would dream of being in my position, playing in the Champions League, coming off the bench in the final … I’m quite happy despite everything.”
Ian is ESPN’s French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman