Connect with us


Report: Ihattaren speaks about why he left Sampdoria




Mohamed Ihattaren has spoken about his time at Sampdoria and why he went back home in an interview with the Telegraaf.  The Dutchman felt left on his own and misunderstood in Genua. He’s training in The Netherlands to make a return and has been linked with a loan move to FC Utrecht this week.  Ihattaren also talked about his transfer to Juventus. He joined the Bianconeri at the end of the window for €1.9M. His former agent Mino Raiola had called Ihattaren, who was training, multiple times on the 30th of August. “He said: it will be Juventus, you’ll have to fly soon. I had to go there on my own. I signed in the evening hours, slept in the hotel of the club and went to Sampdoria the next day with a taxi.” Sampdoria’s first impression on Ihattaren wasn’t great. “When I arrived, there was nobody except the teammanager.” The midfielder also met with Roberto d’Aversa. “The coach didn’t even know that I was left footed. But I thought: I am just going to make something beautiful of it. Play football and shut up.”

No salary

It never worked out between Ihattaren and Sampdoria. The midfielder had to pay for the old hotel he was dumped in and his taxi rides. He also had no health insurance, bank account or registration of residence. Perhaps the most shocking thing: he hasn’t been payed anything as of today. The teammanger told Ihattaren he would be payed every two months, but that didn’t happen. “That’s not what it’s about that for me, but everything combined started to irritate me.” Ihattaren gives some more examples. “We ate at the club after training and there only were three trays of pizza and sweet bread.” Like everyone knows by now, Ihattaren didn’t play a game for the team from Genoa. “I didn’t play a minute, there turned out to be zero perspective and everything that was needed to feel at home there, was missing.”

Antonio Candreva

The Dutchman suffered from his hamstring one time. Three mri-scans followed, one of those at one and a half hour from Genoa. “I don’t know why. There turned out to be no damage every time. I said I felt good and just wanted to train, but I was only aloud to bike or swim at the fysio’s.” Ihattaren felt misunderstood. There was frustration in the rest of the squad because of the uncertainty, which led to an incident with Antonio Candreva. Ihattaren emphasises that he has ‘a lot of respect’ for Candreva’s career. A lot has been said about Ihattaren’s situation and future. None of it was true according to the Dutchman himself, but it shocked him nonetheless. “All kind of things were said about me, but there has never been spoken with me. I indeed didn’t say anything after my departure from Sampdoria, where Juventus had stalled me for a season. That’s inexcusable.” Ihattaren says he couldn’t bear it anymore at Sampdoria. “All kinds of agreements were not fulfilled. Like I didn’t exist.” Ihattaren chose to return to the Netherlands after he got emotional on the training field. “I left at 13:30 and never returned to Genoa.” He got a call from d’Aversa, who told him he would start the next match. “Everything they had told me before in Genoa wasn’t true and that’s why I didn’t believe this story either.”

Working on return

Ihattaren would like to return on the field at a top club in the Netherlands. He’s happy that Juventus want to think along and work on a loan. “I know that I haven’t played for half a year and that I need a game or four to get into my rhythm.” Ihattaren posted a photo of himself training at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam yesterday. “I want to sweat and get cramp. I want to feel that I’m playing football again. Lovely.”


Jurre van Wanrooij is a writer and lead match analyst for Max Statman. He was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he still lives. He is studying journalism and that’s why he joined Max Statman, so that he could develop his writing. Apart from Juventus, he also support PSV Eindhoven, the club closest to his home. The goal is to give you guys the best information about Juventus in English and be as reliable as possible.



Mercato2 days ago

Juventus given massive boost in Joshua Zirkzee race

Joshua Zirkzee has been linked with moves to several clubs in the upcoming transfer window. However, he might be available...

Mercato5 days ago

Khephren Thuram to Juventus

Khephren Thuram was rumoured to come to Juventus before last season, however his signing wasn’t completed because of his high...

Juventus face tough competition for Gudmundsson. (Photo: Gettyimages) Juventus face tough competition for Gudmundsson. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Mercato6 days ago

Juventus strategic offer for Gudmundsson as they face tough competition

Icelandic forward Albert Gudmundsson is in hot demand! A bidding war is heating up between Napoli, Inter, Juventus, and Tottenham...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus set to sign Michele Di Gregorio

Juventus has set their sights on Michele Di Gregorio, the current goalkeeper for Monza, as their future custodian, according to...

Mercato1 week ago

Bologna chief addresses Thiago Motta and Zirkzee future amid Juventus links

Bologna’s historic qualification for the Champions League casts a shadow of uncertainty over the future of coach Thiago Motta. Thiago...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus transfer plans revealed after Champions League boost

Preperations are underway at Juventus for a busy transfer window this summer. Juventus are wasting no time in planning for...

Mercato1 week ago

Italian journalist weighs in on Allegri and Motta’s Juventus futures

Juventus are set to have a new coach ahead of the next Serie A season. The fate of Massimiliano Allegri...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus in pole position to sign Riccardo Calafiori

Juventus has reportedly made significant progress in their pursuit of promising centre-back Riccardo Calafiori, placing them in a strong position...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus closing in on double swoop from Bologna

Riccardo Calafiori and Thiago Motta are both close to sealing Juventus moves. New rumours have come out about both of them...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus prioritises Federico Chiesa contract renewal

Juventus are prioritising securing Federico Chiesa’s long-term commitment and bolstering their midfield in the upcoming transfer window. The news of...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus set to meet Koopmeiners agent in coming days

Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners, who is reportedly eager to leave Atalanta at...

Mercato1 week ago

Explained: Juventus strategy to bolster defence line

Strengthening the backline is one of Juventus’ main priorities this summer. Juventus come into the summer transfer market after failing...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus targetting Man City’s Yan Couto

The Brazilian right-back has earned a surprise call-up for the upcoming Copa America tournament. Brazil national team coach Dorival Junior...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus stance revealed on Kostic, Kean and Milik amid exit links

Juventus are looking to complete a major squad overhaul this summer. Juventus are set to overhaul their squad this summer, with Filip...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus join Barcelona in race for Martin Zubimendi

Zubimendi has emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in the market this summer. Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly...

Mercato1 week ago

Juventus eyes former striker as an alternative to Zirkzee

Álvaro Morata remains a target for Juventus as a potential alternative for young striker Joshua Zirkzee in the summer transfer...

Juventus Youth1 week ago

Juventus eyeing €100m revenue from Next Gen sales

Juventus are looking to make a significant profit from selling the likes of Matias Soulé and Dean Huijsen. Juventus could...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Juventus plot summer squad overhaul: Targets revealed for every position

Juventus are preparing for a squad overhaul that could change the face of their team for the next season. As...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Miretti and Djalo on loan as well as Giuntoli busy signing?

Rumours have come out that both Fabio Miretti and Tiago Djalo will leave Juventus on loan. Dusan Vlahovic has been...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Transfer rumours: Yildiz extension, Vlahovic exit, Rabiot replacment and more on Giuntoli’s mind

Find out the latest transfer updates for Juventus. Juventus have had another busy day in the transfer market. Yildiz is...

Mercato2 weeks ago

Calafiroi, Zirkzee and much more on Giuntoli’s wishlist

Rumours have been swirling around today crazily on the Juventus transfer window. There are more rumours around the signings of...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Transfer expert reveals two reasons why Giuntoli wants Mason Greenwood

Cristiano Giuntoli, the Juventus sporting director, has set his sights on a new target for the club for upcoming transfer...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Juventus closing in on two key signings

Juventus is making significant strides in the transfer market with the imminent signings of Riccardo Calafiori and Michele Di Gregorio,...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Juventus still monitoring Milan prodigy contract situation

Juventus are keeping a keen eye on the young talents that emerge in the market since Cristiano Giuntoli arrival. In...

Mercato3 weeks ago

Charly Alcaraz shares a message amid his uncertain future at Juventus

In a crucial month where present and future are at stake, the fate of Carlos Alcaraz at Juventus hangs in...

Mercato1 month ago

Danilo’s future at Juventus hinges on Allegri’s fate

Danilo’s future at Juventus is closely tied to the fate of the club’s manager, Massimiliano Allegri whose future remains uncertain....

Mercato1 month ago

Gasperini throws a dig at Juventus amid Koopmeiners interest

In a recent statement, Gian Piero Gasperini, the manager of Atalanta, addressed the transfer rumors surrounding Teun Koopmeiners, a midfielder...

Mercato1 month ago

Giuntoli ambitions at Juventus for the upcoming transfer window

Juventus faces the risk of a disappointing next season if it doesn’t undergo a significant overhaul across all aspects of...

Analysis1 month ago

Juventus reportedly interested in Jorginho: Transfer analysis

Jorginho is one of the names that has swirled around Juventus in recent transfer rumors, fueled by his agent’s comments...

Mercato1 month ago

Juventus in talks to sign Albert Gudmundsson

Genoa and Juventus have a long history of player exchanges, and it seems that this trend is set to continue...