Alan Sheehan, Swansea City’s interim boss, has addressed the rumours about Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino’s future, amidst speculation of a move to Serie A.

Charlie Patino playing for Swansea City (Photo via Patino on Instagram)
Charlie Patino playing for Swansea City (Photo via Patino on Instagram)

In recent developments concerning Arsenal‘s Charlie Patino, currently on loan at Swansea City, interim boss Alan Sheehan has addressed rumours linking the young midfielder with a move to Serie A and reports he has fallen out of favour with the new boss.

Despite countless Italian reports suggesting Juventus‘ interest, Sheehan maintains he is unaware of such speculation.

Patino, who has not started in Swansea’s last four games, has been subject to intense rumours, with Tuttosport even claiming Juventus’ technical director Cristiano Giuntoli visited London for negotiations.

However, sources indicate no immediate plans to terminate Patino’s loan in South Wales.

“I don’t know. I’m not his agent so I don’t know what that is,” Sheehan said on the Serie A links. He further expressed his close working relationship with Patino, stating, “All I can say is that nobody at the club is closer to Charlie Patino than me. Nobody’s done more work with Charlie Patino one-to-one in analysis of games when I was assistant manager.”

Sheehan then highlighted areas in Patino’s game that require improvement, which he says has influenced Patino’s recent lack of game time. He explained, “There’s areas of his game where, although it might seem harsh at the moment in not playing him, he will improve for it.

Charlie Patino playing for Swansea City (Photo via Patino on Instagram)
Charlie Patino playing for Swansea City (Photo via Patino on Instagram)

“We did video clips with him probably an hour before the game today and showed him the reasons why he’s not playing.”

The interim boss also highlighted the strong competition in the team, citing Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes, Joe Allen, and others as key players.

“We have Jay, Joe Allen, Grimes and Charlie Patino,” he said. “We have wonderful competition for that place. Then there’s Pato and Walshy. I think it’s about building confidence, but before that you’ve got to build character and resilience and then we can build that style that we all want to see.

“But Charlie’s a good lad. I know him. I’ve done a lot of individual meetings and training sessions with him. So I know what he is. He’s got big potential. He’s only young and there’s competition for places.”

Fans have recently expressed discontent with the club’s direction, particularly after former manager Michael Duff‘s departure and Sheehan’s interim appointment.

Under Duff, Patino experienced a dip in form, which continued into Sheehan’s tenure, despite an initial return to the starting lineup and a goal against Rotherham United.

However, a subsequent poor performance against Stoke City saw Patino relegated to the bench, playing just 34 minutes across the last three matches.

With Patino’s early impact at Swansea, marked by three goals and four assists in 18 appearances (13 starts), his recent exclusion has raised concerns.