Giorgio Chiellini has, as expected, re-signed with Juventus after the announcement of a new two-year contract.
Chiellini, 36, technically ceased to be a Juve player when his previous contract expired in late June after 17 years with the club.
His agent, who called the potential retirement speech after the success of Euro 2020 “madness”, suggested that Chiellini was open to offers from other clubs, not just Juve.
Although it was always widely believed that he would sign again in Turin, Monday’s confirmation silenced any doubts.
The deal also suggests that Chiellini has plans for Italy at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the veteran appearing to have decided to continue with the Azzurri after Euro 2020.
Chiellini’s performance in that tournament was proof enough that he is far from over the top, his defensive dominance a vital element of an Italy that played fun football but was also solid in the rear.
It was colossal in the final when Italy beat England on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Chiellini has made six rejections – four more than any other player in Italy – and three interceptions, has won more aerial duels (7) than anyone else in blue and has completed 95.7 percent of his 115 passes.
Juve are hoping to see a little more of that Chiellini in 2021-22, as he has only played 21 Serie A games since the start of 2019-20, partly due to injury.
He played 17 times in 2020-21 when the club failed to win their 10th consecutive league title.
Chiellini has made 535 appearances for Juventus since arriving in 2004, while also playing 112 times for his country.
He has won the Scudetto nine times and has won five Italian Cup titles.