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Written by Martin Graham | April 24, 2022

Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini finally called up time on his Juventus career after 17 years at the club’s central defense for a time in America at MLS.

He was the Euro 2020 winner with Juventus since 2004 but made his official debut with the Bianconeri in 2005. He stayed with the club throughout their relegation as a result of the match-fixing scandal, returned to Serie A with the club, and dominated Serie A as one of the best defenders in Italy. In the following years.

Chiellini, 37, is nearing retirement and looking for adventure elsewhere before he hangs up his boots, and the NFL and Canada are willing to provide him with that experience.

Chiellini’s role has been reduced to a small role this season partly due to injuries and partly due to Massimiliano Allegri’s attempt to phase out the club’s old goalkeeper in favor of a smaller team. His contract at the club expires in 2023 but Chiellini is ready to move on.

Italian media also reported that Chiellini and the club had agreed to terminate his contract at the end of the season.

He will follow in the footsteps of Lorenzo Insigne and former Juventus teammate Sebastian Giovinco in making the transition from Serie A to Major League Soccer.

Juventus is looking for a Chiellini replacement

The Sun reported in March that Juventus were looking for a defender to replace Chiellini, and that they had identified Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger as a transfer target.

While the news of Rudiger to Juventus isn’t much fanfare with Real Madrid (reportedly preferred) and Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the German’s signature, Chiellini will certainly not be part of the Bianconeri’s squad next season. .

Fabrizio Romano, a member of the transfer team, said on his Twitter account: “Giorgio Chiellini is considering leaving Juventus at the end of the current season. MLS may be his next destination: he is tempted by this possibility.

“The current deal expires in June 2023 but Chiellini is now open to trying a new experiment.”

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale may also move to MLS in the summer.

The Welshman is sure to leave Real Madrid in June when his transfer expires, and DC United are said to be in talks to take him to Washington, DC, after he is done with Madrid.

However, Bale’s camp recently allowed the winger to retire if Wales fail to make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Wales have not competed in a World Cup final since 1958 and are just one step away from the tournament. They have to face the winner of the match between Scotland and Ukraine that was postponed due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

After the outcome of that match, Bale could either seek a move to a lower tier club in British football or a move to the MLS, according to the latest reports.

DC is also open to paying way more than Wayne Rooney earned in his time at the club, making him the highest-paid player ever.

Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum

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