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Juventus keen to extend Adrien Rabiot’s contract

Juventus are hell-bent on tying high-performing midfielder Adrien Rabiot down to a new long-term contract, according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Frenchman has only a few months left to run on his current deal at the Allianz Stadium, but the record-time Serie A champions are desperate to extend his stay in Turin.

Rabiot’s adventure at Juventus was off to a sluggish start after he joined the club as a free agent in 2019 after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite boasting a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest midfield prospects, he was unable to hit the ground running in Italy’s top-flight, falling out of favour with fans and the club hierarchy.

However, Massimiliano Allegri’s return to the helm two years ago has helped Rabiot become one of the most consistent midfielders in Serie A.

Last season was an utter success for the 27-year-old, but he has displayed his full potential this term, clocking seven goals and three assists in 23 league outings.

But even though Juventus are keen for Rabiot to pledge his future to the Allianz Stadium, they’ll have to overcome several sticking points to make that happen.

There’s an understanding that the France international wants to play Champions League football, something the Bianconeri may be unable to provide following a 15-point deduction.

Winning the Europa League would guarantee automatic qualification for Europe’s elite competition, and with Juventus reaching the quarter-finals, that’s an achievable feat for Allegri’s side.

Another more serious issue is the player’s staggering wage demands.

Rabiot reportedly wants €10 million per season to commit to a new contract. Juventus are reluctant to go beyond €8m, which would put him on par with the club’s highest earner, Paul Pogba.

The player has recently refused to give a straight answer about his future plans but admitted he’s focused on his performances in Turin.

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