Chiellini confirms Juventus departure after Coppa Italia final defeat
Giorgio Chiellini confirmed that he will leave Juventus at the end of the season, after spending 17 years at the club.
Giorgio Chiellini confirmed he will leave Juventus at the end of the season following their 2-4 defeat to Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia final. The veteran centre-back has spent 17 years with the Bianconeri, winning 20 trophies during his time in Turin. He was unable to claim a 21st as Inter prevailed in a thrilling showpiece at the Stadio Olimpico.
Juve appeared set to salvage silverware from a disappointing season when second-half goals from Alex Sandro, aided by Álvaro Morata, and Dusan Vlahovic gave them a 2-1 lead, turning things around after Nicolò Barella’s stunning 10th-minute opener put Inter in front. There was a late twist, though, as Hakan Calhanoglu netted from the spot to send the game to extra-time, in which Ivan Perisic also converted from 12 yards and then sealed victory with a sumptuous half-volley.
Time to say goodbye
Having previously refused to reveal his future plans, Chiellini, who is reported to have offers from MLS, said: “We had these 10 magnificent years, it’s up to the lads to continue now. I did everything I could, I hope that I left something. On Monday I will say goodbye to my Juventus Stadium, then if I’ve still got something in the tank might have a run-out in Florence [against Fiorentina]. It is my choice 100 per cent, I am happy to leave at such a high level, because for many years I’ve 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.”
Defeat means Juve will finish the season without a trophy for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. “It’s disappointing, especially as Inter certainly had more of the ball, but we had more than enough chances,” added Chiellini. “Mattia Perin basically didn’t have to make a save, we conceded two fantastic goals and two penalties. Inter proved throughout the season they are stronger in all the head-to-head clashes, so that means something. I hope the anger of losing three out of four games against Inter will fire us up for next season. We know that you don’t win a Scudetto just in the big games, but every day. It’s a pity to end the season without trophies after a decade, but we need to use it as fuel for next season.”