Moise Kean has revealed his admiration for Juventus and refused to rule out a return to the club when his Paris Saint-Germain loan spell ends.
The 21-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at the Parc des Princes from Everton. Having failed to nail down a regular starting berth with the Toffees, Carlo Ancelotti made the decision to let him leave.
The Italy international has flourished in the French capital, scoring 12 goals from 23 Ligue 1 appearances. The talented forward has bagged 16 from 35 outings in all competitions.
And it was reported last month that PSG are keen to secure his services on a permanent basis this summer.
He is under contract with Everton until the summer of 2024 and it was rumoured the Merseysiders value him at €50m. That price could be an issue for any club.
And PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted in March that it is far from an easy deal to complete.
“Difficult,” he told France Bleu. “Everton didn’t want to lose him (permanently). He plays very well, he scores.
“We could not do anything other than a loan and I think that today having him available for a year is already very positive.
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Keane’s brother said last week that he felt a return to Everton was unlikely. The Parisians appear to be at the front of the queue for his signature but Giovanni Kean also namechecked Juve.
And now the man with eight Italy caps has started the rumour mill turning with his comments.
Keane ‘sorry’ to leave Turin
The Vercelli-born ace came up through the Juventus youth ranks and played 21 senior games before leaving. He notched eight goals for the Old Lady but managed just four in 37 appearances for Everton.
And it seems as though he still has a great deal of fondness for the Bianconeri.
“To be honest, I was a bit sorry. Juventus gave me everything,” the former Hellas Verona loan star told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “I grew up there; without the club, I wouldn’t be where I am now. But then I realised that the life of a footballer is like that and I got used to it.
“I had to take my own path, become a man; it was right. Juventus will always remain in my heart.”
It is still unclear whether Ancelotti sees Kean in his long-term plans. But, when asked if he could join Juventus this summer, the youngster replied: “I don’t know.
“Now I’m enjoying the [Champions League] semi-finals, then we’ll see. If we knew what happens tomorrow, we’d all be rich.”