Daniele Rugani’s agent has blasted Juventus for not playing his client in the midweek clash against Hellas Verona.

Given Andrea Barzagli’s injury and Martin Caceres’ fall from grace in recent months, Rugani was widely expected to play as the third defender when Juve took to the field on Wednesday.

Surprisingly, it was the Uruguayan who played from the start, leaving Rugani’s agent unhappy at his client’s omission from the starting XI.

“Juve continue to declare how important he is, but yesterday with Barzagli out it was Caceres who played,” Davide Torchia told Radio Crc.

“This decision left me rather perplexed, seeing as the lad did so well in the Coppa Italia. In any case, I hope the club will keep its word, seeing as it claims Rugani is the first choice after that trio.

“The whole football world expected to see Daniele play yesterday.”

The young defender has been repeatedly linked with a move to Napoli in the January transfer window.

“Juve do not want to sell, so any situation becomes difficult,” continued the agent.

“There is respect between them and always will be, but obviously Napoli can’t just sit back and wait for the Rugani situation to evolve.”