19yo Juve star 'considering retiring'

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A 19-year-old Juventus star is reportedly considering retirement from football due to a life-changing event that occurred in 2019, which is said to have affected him ever since. 

Highly-rated Dutch teenager Mohamed Ihattaren, who joined the Bianconeri from PSV Eindhoven in the latest transfer window but was immediately sent out on loan to Sampdoria, is said to be weighing up the option of hanging up his boots

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According to CalcioMercato, the former PSV attacker's father passed away due to cancer in October 2019, and Ihattaren, who was 17 years old at the time, has been battling depression ever since, and he is now understood to be considering retiring from football altogether due to his mental state. 

It is reported the Sampdoria loanee, who is yet to make an appearance for the Serie A side since joining them in August, returned to his hometown of Utrecht in the Netherlands for personal reasons, but his exact whereabouts are unknown to both clubs, raising concern for his safety. 

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The youngster is of Moroccan lineage, but at the time of his dad's passing, he had not yet decided who he would represent at senior level, although he did represent various Dutch junior national teams on 30 occasions, per Morocco World News.

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