Giorgio Chiellini to quit Juventus after 17 years

By Piyush


Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has vouched he will quit Juventus at the end of the season after 17 years.

Chiellini has triumphed 9 Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia 5 times, since uniting the club from Fiorentina in 2005.

Juventus, 4th in the Italian top flight, were defeated in the Italian Cup final by Inter Milan on Wednesday.

Speaking following the 4-2 trounce in Rome, Chiellini stated, “I’ve done all I can, I hope I’ve left something behind.”

Chiellini earned his first Scudetto in 2011-12, going on to triumph 9 in a row with the club ahead of Inter’s win last season.

“We had these 10 magnificent years – it is up to the others to continue now,” he notified.

“On Monday I will say goodbye to my Juventus Stadium, then if I have still got something in the tank might have a run-out in Florence. It is 100% my decision.”

Massimiliano Allegri’s side are confident of a top-four finish with 2 league matches to spare, and host Lazio on Monday ahead of travelling to Fiorentina on 22nd of May.

Chiellini had already declared his intention to retire from international football following Italy play Argentina in June at Wembley – the stadium where Italy defeat England to triumph the Euro 2020 final last summer.

Having made his debut for Italy in 2004, he is joint 5th in the list of Italy’s most-capped players, apace with Andrea Pirlo on 116 caps.

Nevertheless, he does not yet know whether he will carry on to play at club level.

“I don’t know,” Chiellini stated on his club future. “I need to think about it with my family.”

“I am happy to leave at such a high level, because for many years I have said I didn’t want to finish struggling and not being able to play at my level.”

“I gave it my all. Soon I will be the biggest Juventus fan from the outside. After so many years within this club, you cannot shake it off.”


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