With the European Championship title at the latest, Giorgio Chiellini made himself immortal in the world of football. After his contract extension at Juve, the old master could end his long career in two years. As his successor, he has a BVB defender in mind.
After the European Championship triumph with Italy, Giorgio Chiellini extended his expired contract with Juventus Turin for another two years until 2023. The 37-year-old central defender could then go into well-deserved retirement. Chiellini has been wearing the old lady’s jersey since 2005.
Before the World Cup qualifier with Italy against Switzerland, the old master spoke about his possible successor at the Bianconeri. The name Chiellini mentioned caused quite a surprise. “I’ve always been fascinated by Akanji as he can still give more and in my opinion he is approaching the right age to really peak. But he still needs the last step,” said the 37-year-old (via Goal). And added: “When I retire, there will be a vacancy soon. So there will be space …”
Whether the 113-time Italian international had previously studied the contractual arrangements of his possible successors? The fact is that Akanji’s contract in Dortmund expires in 2023. So just in the summer when Chiellini could hang up his football boots at the age of 39.
Chiellini’s enthusiasm for the BVB defender comes as a surprise. Akanji was often criticized during his time in Dortmund. Far too often, the Swiss made serious mistakes. However, there is no doubt about its enormous potential. And in the past few months Akanji has managed to keep it on the pitch consistently. Chiellini doesn’t seem to have missed this.
Akanji would be 28 years old in 2023. Here, too, Chiellini’s plan could work out if he was able to consistently demonstrate his current performance over the next two years. Whether it will actually move to Turin, where Akanji will inherit Chiellini, is a long way off.
The football business is too fast-moving to be able to dare to make such predictions. In any case, it is suspected that Chiellini wanted to flatter the Swiss above all before the direct duel. Just like the Italian defender icon is …