Rugani extends Juventus deal

The highly-rated Bianconeri defender signed an extended deal that will keep him at the club until 2020 to ward off interest from other clubs, including Scudetto rivals Napoli

Juventus have confirmed that Daniele Rugani has signed a new deal with Serie A leaders until 2020, the club announced on Thursday.

After being co-owned by Empoli and Juve, the defender's rights were bought out by the reigning champions early last year, although he spent the remainder of 2014/15 on loan back at Empoli.

Rugani went on to play every minute of last season's Serie A campaign without getting booked, and his initial deal was set to expire in June 2019.

Although he has made just two league starts for Juve in 2015-16, the club's high opinion of the 21-year-old prompted them to extend his deal by a further year.

Prior to that, Napoli had attempted to capitalise on the player's reported discord to make a move for the talent and reunite him with Maurizio Sarri, his coach at Empoli.