Sampdoria and Juventus Newcomer Ihattaren Considering Retirement

Juventus acquired Mohamed Ihattaren on deadline day and loaned him to Sampdoria to get regular playing time. However, he has never featured so far and recently left the team to head back home. He missed a few matches in the early going to work on his conditioning. He had not partaken in the pre-season with PSV due to his contractual situation. The attacker made the squad list just once in late September, but he ended up on the stands again. Two weeks later, he returned to the Netherlands for personal reasons,

Sampdoria have not heard from him since. According to Dutch outlets, Ihattaren is contemplating stepping away from football due to mental health issues. He has been significantly affected by the loss of his father in 2019. Local reports indicated that the Blucerchiati had trouble getting ahold of him outside the pitch. He often spent time in Milan and Monte Carlo to visit some friends.

Sporting director Daniele Faggiano recently commented on the situation: “It was a good deal given the quality of the player. He arrived here out of shape, and then something happened with his family. He would have been very useful to Sampdoria given the injury to Mikkel Damsgaard.”

Juventus signed Ihattern for €1.9M plus €2M potential add-ons. The 19-year-old penned a four-year contract in the summer. Ihattaren is currently in Utrecht, and the Bianconeri are in talks with his agent Mino Raiola to find a solution. He will certainly leave Sampdoria in January, Il Secolo XIX reports.