Just when things have started to heat up on the potential transfer of Weston McKennie, Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has said the American midfielder can stay.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, prior to their Serie A game against Empoli, the Italian coach did not rule out a move for McKennie but also isn’t expecting him to leave.

“McKennie shouldn’t leave, he’s an attacking midfielder, and has got goals in his legs,” said Allegri. “He must improve, he’s an attacking player and we are in very good shape in this department.”

Previous reports said that the 23-year-old was not in Allegri’s plans and a transfer was in the works. Most of the interest has come from England, with Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Aston Villa, and West Ham United being named among the suitors for his services.

McKennie started on Saturday as Juventus fell to Empoli in a 1-0 defeat.

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