Berardi turns down Juventus move

The saga between Sassuolo, Juventus, Domenico Berardi and his agent appears to be resolved, with the youngster opting to stay in Modena.

The 21-year-old was co-owned by the Neroverdi and Juve up until 2015 when the Serie A champions offloaded him for a fee of €10 million. The Bianconeri did, however, include a buyback option in the deal.

Following months of public discussion and misinformation, including Berardi's representative claiming that Internazionale had made an offer, Sassuolo have officially announced that the winger has decided to remain at the Mapei Stadium.

Sassuolo manager Eusebio Di Francesco believes that the choice was made out of a desire to play regular football, something that Berardi would not be guaranteed in Turin.

"Berardi is an amazing lad. He's attached to Sassuolo and to me, Di Francesco told Il Centro. "In my opinion, he's ready for a great team, maybe he thinks that's Sassuolo and therefore he stayed.

"Maybe he was worried about not playing enough [at Juventus]. It's hard to accept the change, and I'm happy to get to coach him again. In the future his growth with coincide with accepting a new challenge."

Sassuolo have shown remarkable improvement since their promotion from Serie B, ending last season in sixth position to qualify for the Europa League. Berardi has been a key player in their rise into the top six, making 127 appearances and scoring 49 goals since 2012.

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