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Sarri And Fabio Paratici Clash Over Champions League Squad

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is said to be angry with sporting director Fabio Paratici following this week’s fallout involving midfielder Emre Can, as he had expected the former Liverpool player to be sold this summer.

Earlier this week, the German international was left out of Juventus’ squad for this season’s Champions League competition, with the 25-year-old slamming his boss’ lack of transparency, saying he was ‘shocked and angry’ by the decision.

Can said during Germany’s training camp ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers:

‘Yesterday the coach called me and told me in less than a minute that I was not in the squad. I am shocked and angry.’

Striker Mario Mandzukic was also left out of Sarri’s 25-man squad, and it is believed that the Italian boss is unhappy that the club’s sporting director, Fabio Paratici, was unable to move either Can or Mandzukic on during this summer’s transfer window.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Sarri did not expect to have to break the news of either players’ omission from the Champions League squad as he had told Paratici he wanted both players sold this summer. The club’s inability to move either player on has now left the former Chelsea boss in an awkward position.

This is not the first time Sarri and Juventus chiefs have clashed since the 60-year-old’s arrival at the Old Lady this summer. Juve bosses were said to be ‘irritated’ by Sarri’s refusal to stop smoking while he recovers from pneumonia.

Talks with Paratici are said to have left ‘tension in the air’. The reports in Italy suggest, however, that Juve remain happy with their decision to appoint Sarri, and Sarri is proud to be the coach of Italy’s best team.

And Can has vowed to continue fighting for his place in the team.

On Instagram, he said: ‘I will always be grateful to Juventus Turin and how they supported stood by me since I am a part of the club, particularly during my time of illness.

‘Out of respect to Juventus and my team-mates, whose success has always been my first priority, I won’t say anything more and will continue fighting on the pitch.’

The former Liverpool man has had a mixed time of it since joining from Merseyside in 2018 on a free transfer. The German international made 37 appearances for the Old Lady but was unable to establish himself as a starter in Juve’s midfield.

The arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot have seen Can fall down the pecking order at the Italian champions, leaving Sarri with no room for him in his 25-man squad.