Juventus wonderkid Mohamed Ihattaren may retire at 19 months after £5m dream move

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Juventus wonderkid Mohammed Ihattaren is considering retiring at the age of just 19 because of personal reasons. The midfielder was one of the latest star talents off the PSV Eindhoven conveyor belt and earned a £5million move to the Serie A giants in the summer.

Ihattaren, 19, made his professional debut in January 2019 at the age of just 16 and went on to make 12 appearances that season, announcing himself as a prodigy in the process.

By the time of his exit from PSV in the summer, the Dutchman had made 74 appearances for the Boeren, cementing his status as one of the most exciting talents in his country.

This prompted interest from Italian behemoths Juventus – who picked him up for a relatively low fee, and sent him on loan to Sampdoria on the same day he signed a four-year-deal at the Bianconeri.

According to Calciomercato, Ihattaren is however now considering hanging up his boots just two months after his move to Turin, having been struggling with depression since his father’s death in 2019.

The report claims the player has recently returned to Holland, though it is not clear if Juventus or Sampdoria had given him permission to leave.

He is yet to play a single fixture this season, with his last outing coming on April 24 as a substitute for PSV against Groningen.

The Italian sides have not yet taken a position on the matter but are expected to make a statement about Ihattaren’s future soon.

The midfielder had a difficult time under boss Roger Schmidt last season.

And former PSV and Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has claimed that the club did all they could to help the midfielder.

“I don’t know all the ins and outs, I have to be honest, but I know that PSV has done everything they can,” Hiddink told Algemeen Dagblad.

“But in the end a player has to take the step. He has to show it himself.”


Ihattaren was given the chance to ply his trade in Italy after PSV missed out on Champions League football.

He joined Sampdoria on loan in the summer and although the Dutchman has not featured, the Italian side are struggling and sat 15th in the table with just two wins to their name from 11 games.

Juventus, meanwhile, are currently in ninth after a torrid start to the season and are already 16 points from the summit of the league.

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