New Juventus Signing Emre Can Was Told He Could Not Leave Liverpool for This One Club

This week saw Emre Can’s long anticipated move ​to ​Juventus finally completed, but news has since emerged that the German midfielder had one less option upon leaving Liverpool. 

Can joined Juventus on Thursday on a free transfer ending his four year spell on Merseyside. 

The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder racked up 166 appearances for Liverpool since leaving Germany for £9.75m in 2014, but his recent departure was somewhat inevitable as Can refused to sign a new contract extending his stay at Anfield in the hope of gaining a more secure starting berth at pastures new. 


But there is one club that Can was told not to join by his first ever coach Toni Magliarisi, who coached a 12-year-old Emre Can at his local team SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt and still influences the midfielder to this day. 

“[Can] always knew that if he went to Juventus, I would have been the happiest man on Earth, but I told him that he had to make the best choice for his career, so never go to ​Inter [Milan],” Magliarisi told ​Gazetto Dello Sport.

“Seriously, last year I told him that he was not ready for Juventus, now he is 110 per cent.”

Can’s move to Juventus was of massive significance for Magliarisi, who as a Italian immigrant in Germany, was raised on the Juventus myth, idolising the likes of Del Piero and Pavel Nedvěd, the skills of whom he used as reference in his coaching. 

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Can struggled to cement a place in Jürgen Klopp’s starting-eleven at Liverpool in his final years at the club, and a move elsewhere will no doubt benefit his career. 

Liverpool will hope that ​Fabinho, who was promptly brought in as Can’s replacement, can perform on a more consistent basis for the Reds, and help them mount a sustained title challenge next season.