New Juventus signing Adrien Rabiot explains why he rejected offers to move elsewhere after a report claims he snubbed Manchester United.
The France international wrapped up a free-transfer move to the Old Lady yesterday before being presented to the media on Tuesday morning.
Rabiot though decided against a move to Old Trafford, despite the offer of a £9million-a-year salary. Instead he will pick up £6.2million-a-year in Turin and a reported £9million signing on fee with the Serie A champions.
Arsenal, Real Madrid, Real Betis and Everton were also said to be in for Rabiot, who was frozen out at PSG during the second half of last season and was suspended until the end of March after he was seen nightclubbing following PSG’s defeat to Manchester United.
Rabiot, who refused to sign a new deal in the French capital, admitted that the lure of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo swayed his thinking and claimed the move to Italy was a “step up”.
“The last few months have been complicated both from a sporting and personal level, but today I am ready to leave everything behind and begin a new adventure,” said Rabiot at his unveiling.
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“The whole thing came to fruition a short time ago and we came to an agreement very quickly. Juve have a great history with some many great French players that have played for them and I hope that I will be able to bring something as well.
“Juve are a great club, one that is very prestigious with a lot of history and a European tradition. In my opinion and with all respect, it’s a step up from PSG.
“Gianluigi Buffon told me many interesting things about Juventus. He told me that Juve was the best way for me to take a step forwards in my career. A season here is worth more than anywhere else.
“The Champions League doesn’t come overnight. I’m here to help the club win it and achieve other goals.
“I had the chance to develop playing with superstars. The chance to play with Cristiano Ronaldo definitely had a bearing on my decision. However, I know that the whole locker room is full of superstars with a positive spirit.”
“I had the chance to meet Aaron Ramsey yesterday but only very briefly. We will get the chance to know each other better in the coming days.”