It’s hard to ignore some transfer rumors - McKennie
The 23-year-old revealed that he feels welcomed and wanted at the Bianconeri and he owes it to Massimiliano Allegri, but he insisted that rumors can be ‘difficult to completely ignore.’
was a fairly regular player in
’s team last season until he got sustained a knee injury which sidelined him for three months. He met the back of the net four times in 29 matches.
In an interview with
, the American midfielder first talked about his plans and goals over the last few weeks.
“I took advantage of the break to relax and clear my head a bit. My goal was to come back here and be fit, I trained a lot and most people didn’t recognise me. That’s a good sign.”
He also discussed the strangeness of the pre-season.
“In football you adapt and get used to things very quickly. Obviously in Italy this preseason is ‘strange.’ We train twice a day, arrive at 8:30 in the morning and leave at 8:30 at night.
“It’s one of those things where at the end you say ‘oh, god!’ After a month away, it’s nice to meet up with my teammates and touch the ball again.”
The midfielder also talked about a move away from Turin and how important Allegri’s support has been.
“Allegri’s words were very important for me. For an athlete it counts a lot to be in a place where you feel wanted, where they need you.
“About a hypothetical transfer away, I’ve heard all kinds of things, to the point that it is difficult to completely ignore certain rumours.
“My agent and I, however, are in close contact, so I would be the first to know if something is true or not.”
McKennie shared his idea on the winning mindset of the team as they go into the new season.
“The expectations are the same every season. Juventus are a team that are always called to win everything.
“Most people cannot deny thatJuventus
are the top club in Italy, so we should win the league, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and Champions League, or at the very least, play in the Champions League final.
“A draw for us is like a defeat, our standards are very high. We don’t like to lose, we’re working to get back to the levels we’re capable of. I think the incoming market is very good and next season will be very positive for us.”
McKennie then went on to talk about Paul Pogba’s return.
“For me it’s an opportunity to be able to play with someone of his caliber, I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“He has energy and a lot of personality, the many opportunities you have to be able to work to him are good.
“In every squad you also need the leisure time, and then obviously understand when it’s time to work hard.”
His deal will keep him until 2025 and he has been linked with a move away from Turin in the last year but Allegri included him in his plans for the next season.
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