Chiellini signs new Juventus deal

2021-08-04 11:19:43 1455

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has penned a new two-year contract at Juventus, which will extend his stay at the club to 18 years.

The 36-year-old has agreed to stay until the end of the 2022-23 season as Juventus attempt to reclaim their Serie A title.

Veteran enjoyed successful summer

Chiellini was out of contract when he helped Italy lift Euro 2020 following their penalty shootout win against England at Wembley, but his new deal will take him beyond his 38th birthday.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the last 20 years, Chiellini has won 14 major honours with the Old Lady in 16 years, including nine consecutive Scudettos between 2012 and 2020.

He has made 535 appearances for Juventus since joining in 2004, scoring 36 goals, and he stuck with the club when they were relegated to Serie B in 2006 following their involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

At international level, he has played 112 times for the Azzurri and was instrumental in their successes this summer.

Chiellini hungry for more

Despite his advancing years, Chiellini is confident he can still contribute and win more trophies with Juventus.

"In the end the signing was a formality because as soon as I knew that my body would allow me to continue playing, there was always the will of both parties to continue together," he said.

"I really hope that I can give my contribution and help this team to win more titles, which as we know here is the most important thing."

Following the loss of the title last season to Inter, club legend Andrea Pirlo departed from his managerial post with Max Allegri returning for a second stint in charge.