When Mino Raiola is the man who represents one of your club’s most prized assets, there’s always going to be the lingering thought in the back of your mind that one of the world’s biggest agents is going to be up to something in the background. There will be rumors, lots and lots of rumors, no matter what is actually happening right in front of us.
The same goes for Juventus startlet Moise Kean, who has certainly had a fair share of rumors with his name and other clubs besides the one that currently employs him.
But after a second half of the 2018-19 season where Kean has started to show us why he’s got such a whole bunch of hype attached to his name, the 19-year-old Italian is reportedly on the brink of something that will benefit Juventus in the long run — sign a contract extension. That’s the word out of Italy on Saturday morning, with Goal’s Romeo Agresti reporting that Juventus and Kean are closing in on a new five-year deal through 2024 that will see his annual salary bumped up quite a bit.
Moise Kean's future is Bianconero. Juventus are close to tying him up to a 5-year contract till 2024 which will see him earn €2m/year https://t.co/oZ9qnEVVMs— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) May 25, 2019
We’ve seen a good amount of Juventus players sign new deals over the past six or eight months. But when it comes to locking down Kean to a new deal — and one that gives him a very important raise — it’s got a little bit more behind it than just normal context.
When it comes to Kean, getting him on a solid salary and a long-term contract has been one of the biggest talking points surrounding the young Italian for the better part of the last year. He has been linked with moves away from Juventus — be it domestically or abroad (most notably Ajax). But, instead of leaving, Kean stuck with it in Turin, and it has obviously paid off in droves since he scored his first goal of the season in January against Bologna in the Coppa Italia Round of 16.
No matter who Juventus’ next manager is, the goal is to see Kean build off the last four or five months and have a bigger role within the squad next season. With how he’s played and what kind of potential he’s shown, getting Kean locked into a contract extension brings a whole lot of relief to a situation where Raiola could have potentially exploited it and mad things incredibly ugly. Instead, this is obviously where Kean wants to be, and Juventus are showing a whole lot of faith in their clear-cut No. 1 prospect who has already made an impact for club and country in the calendar year.