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‘Humble’ Weston McKennie must improve, says Juventus boss Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo says Weston McKennie wants to enhance if he’s to develop into a star at Juventus.

The midfielder joined the Serie A aspect in August from Schalke on an preliminary mortgage that can develop into everlasting on the finish of the season.

McKennie, 22, has began 14 of the 22 appearances he has made for the Italian champions, scoring 4 objectives and registering two assists.

Juve coach Pirlo is blissful to have the US worldwide as a part of his squad however is conscious that he’s nonetheless growing.

“McKennie is younger and has a lot room for enchancment,” Pirlo stated at a press convention.  “We had been the quickest one to signal him and we’re blissful he’s a part of the squad.

“He’s a humble man who all the time needs to enhance, particularly on a technical degree. He wants to enhance when he receives the ball, however he is aware of that is solely a place to begin.”

Alvaro Morata just lately returned to motion for Juve after recovering from damage however has began simply three of their final six matches in all competitions. Pirlo is assured he’s in good condition to start out towards Sampdoria on Saturday.

“I by no means stated Morata was struggling,” he stated. “He had an abductor drawback, however now he’s feeling effectively. [On Saturday] he will likely be at his finest. He has enthusiasm, he’s calm and we take into account him crucial for Juventus.

“He’ll begin together with Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow.”

German midfielder Sami Khedira has not featured for the Turin giants this season and is predicted to depart earlier than the switch window ends or when his contract expires this season. Pirlo refused to say whether or not a January transfer is on the playing cards. nonetheless.

“We’ve already spoke about him, he’s been coaching with us because the starting of the season, let’s see what is going to occur,” he added.

Juve are seven factors behind Serie A leaders AC Milan, although Pirlo’s aspect have a sport in hand. After the weekend’s journey to Sampdoria, they are going to tackle Inter within the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Tuesday.

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