Former Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has offered to help Juventus attacker Mohamed Ihattaren recover.
The Dutchman has just been returned to Juve by Ajax, who took him on loan at the beginning of the year.
The 20-year-old joined Juve at the start of last season and was quickly loaned out to Sampdoria.
His troubled time at the Serie A club saw him play no games for them before going AWOL.
Juve were forced to rescind that deal and send him to Ajax, but he still can’t walk away from his troubled life off the pitch.
Ajax have had enough and have returned him to Juve, and the striker is expected to join the Bianconeri from January.
Sneijder has been helping him and the former Inter Milan player has offered to continue supporting the youngster.
He said via Calciomercato:
“If you come from a neighborhood like that, there’s always something lurking. When you leave home you meet certain guys. He notices too. I told him, ‘Try to avoid everything and just focus on getting in shape.’ And he will, he says. And I will help him in this, I am doing it for him.”
Juve FC says
Ihattaren was a shocking signing for most Juve fans and it is hard to see him ever in the club’s colours.
He is talented, but his life off the pitch will deny him the opportunity to become an accomplished professional footballer.