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JU­VEN­TUS star­let Moise Kean made his Serie A de­but at the age of 16 and 265 days yes­ter­day af­ter re­plac­ing Mario Mandzu­kic in a 3-0 win over Pescara that tight­ened the cham­pi­ons’ grip on the top of Serie A. Ju­ven­tus were cruis­ing to a com­fort­able win against the league new­com­ers in Turin af­ter goals from Sami Khedira, Mandzu­kic and Her­nanes wrapped up a fourth con­sec­u­tive league win to move them seven points ahead of Roma be­fore the re­main­ing week­end fix­tures. But coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri gave fans an in­di­ca­tion of a likely fu­ture star of the club when he sent Kean on for a long-awaited de­but hav­ing stunned ob­servers with sev­eral im­pres­sive per­for­mances for the club’s un­der-19 side. Kean, who turned 16 on Fe­bru­ary 28, had lit­tle time to get into his stride but showed some fancy foot­work on his way to win­ning a cor­ner that, on the stroke of full­time, was not given. It was a brief yet al­beit promis­ing cameo that will give fans around the world of see­ing Kean, of Ivo­rian her­itage but who has played at all lev­els for Italy, be­come the first player born af­ter 2000 to play in the Cham­pi­ons League from next year. But Kean has al­ready be­ing watched by ri­val clubs in Europe, and Ju­ven­tus CEO Beppe Marotta said he hopes Kean’s agent doesn’t have ideas. “Play­ing at Ju­ven­tus should be a point of pride for him. He’s in the best pos­si­ble place,” Marotta told Me­di­aset Pre­mium. “If it comes down to money, that’s a dif­fer­ent story. His agent should rea­son with him, it shouldn’t just come down to money.” Al­le­gri said: “He has the chance to play along­side top play­ers here. He has soak up what it’s like to be part of a great squad. His at­ti­tude will make the dif­fer­ence.”

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