Wednesday March 11 2020
Emre Can: 'I left because of Sarri'

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can has revealed why he left Juventus in the January transfer window. “Maurizio Sarri told me in a 20-second phone call that I wasn’t on the Champions League list.”

The German international had played an integral part in his first season in Turin, making 37 appearances in all competitions.

However Can’s problems started whem Maurizio Sarri took over from Max Allegri last summer.

“The main reason I left Juventus was because I wanted to play football again,” Can told German newspaper Kicker.

“Obviously the possibility of participating in the European Championships also had an impact. I want to be part of the German national side.

“Sarri arrived in the summer and hadn’t trained us in the first few weeks because he had pneumonia.

“Then, after the club had refused offers for me and taken me off the market, he called me and with a 20-second phone call announced that I wasn’t on the Champions League list.

“After that call, I was denied any chance. I thought it was unfair and that’s why I decided to move on in January.

“But the decision has nothing to do with the club, nor the fans.”

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