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Juventus midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren is reportedly considering retirement from football at just 19 due to depression.
The Netherlands youngster signed for the Bianconeri in a £5 million move on transfer deadline day in the summer and was immediately loaned out to Sampdoria.
But Ittarren, one of the most exciting prospects in Dutch football, hasn't played a single minute for the Genoa outfit and reports surrounding his situation are very worrying.
According to CalcioMercato, Ihattaren is struggling with depression that stems from his father's passing in 2019 and he is contemplating calling it quits for the sake of his mental health.
Sampdoria gave Ittarren a personal assistant to help with his adaptation in his new surroundings but he hasn't been seen in Genoa since 12 October.
Do you remember that?— R.D Football Scout (@RdScouting) October 21, 2021
As per @Gazzetta_it, Mohamed Ihattaren has been missing since October 12th. No one has seen him in Italy, and even not in his childhood town, Utrecht.
His career has gone down the hill so quickly. https://t.co/KIj2SmaFEf
According to the Italian press, Mohamed Ihattaren is thinking about retiring from football after suffering from depression due to the death of his father.— Clockwork Oranje (@ClockworkOranje) November 2, 2021
Hopefully he gets the help and support that he needs, and does what's best for his mental health.
❗️| Mohamed Ihattaren (19) is considering retiring from football. The player has strong depression following the death of his father in 2019, the player is considering stopping. (@cmdotcom) pic.twitter.com/qugPWTGxqg— JuveFC (@juvefcdotcom) November 2, 2021
He returned to the Netherlands for personal reasons but there have been no sightings of him in Utrecht, where he is from, and his current whereabouts are not known by Sampdoria or Juventus.
Ihattaren's father died from cancer in October 2019 when the youngster was just 17. According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, the passing of his dad has led to "the panels quickly shifting" as he was someone who "watched over his offspring, made decisions and could be strict".
Ihattaren, who broke into the PSV first-team aged 17, hasn't played since April 24 and was apparently placed on a specialised fitness program upon joining Sampdoria.
He played 74 times for PSV in all competitions, scoring ten goals.
Having seen Brazilian legend Adriano's career head into a downwards spiral following his father's passing, we hope Ihattarengets the support he needs.
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