Weston McKennie has been linked with an exit from Serie A side Juventus for most of 2022, but with a new season right around the corner, the American midfielder looks set to remain in Massimiliano Allegri’s squad.
McKennie is currently with Juventus as the Italian club continues its preseason preparations in Italy ahead of a trio of friendly matches in the United States to close out the month of July. The U.S. men’s national team star has continued his rapid rise at club level over the past two seasons with Juventus, winning both the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup trophies.
Despite interest from English Premier League side Tottenham, McKennie remains a key player in Allegri’s squad and the Italian manager acknowledged how important the USMNT midfielder is in his roster.
“As for McKennie, he is a Juventus player that is very important,” Allegri said about McKennie at a press conference with reporters Tuesday. “Unfortunately, last year he missed games due to an injury he suffered in the Champions League but he will travel with us to the U.S. tour. McKennie will have the opportunity to play a great season at Juventus this year.”
McKennie has totaled 75 combined appearances for the Old Lady, scoring 10 goals and registering three assists since his arrival in 2020. Not only has the 23-year-old continued to impress at club level, but his performances have carried over to the USMNT, where he’s earned 34 caps and scored nine goals to date.
Juventus has surprisingly not won the Serie A titles in either of McKennie’s first two seasons in Turin, but remains one of the favorites to contend for the trophy this year. In addition to aiming to domestic dominance, Juventus will also return to the UEFA Champions League group stage this September with huge aspirations to advance far in the European competition.
McKennie’s work ethic and creativity has helped him become one of the rising midfielders in Europe, and with Juventus needing new leaders to rely on this season, the American might play a larger role in 2022-23 than in each of his prior two campaigns.