Giorgio Chiellini was the face of an overwhelming Italian team at last year’s Euro. In the future, however, the central defender will leave the “Squadra Azzurra”.
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Captain Giorgio Chiellini has announced his retirement from the Italian national football team after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup. As announced on Monday evening by the 37-year-old European champion after Juventus’ victory at Sassuolo Calcio (2-1), the test match against Argentina in London in June will be the last.
“I’ll be goodbye to the national team at Wembley stadium, where I experienced the highlight of my career by winning the European Championship,” Chiellini told DAZN. In the same place he had won the title with the team against England in July. On the way to the World Cup in Qatar (21 November – 18 December), Italy surprisingly failed in the play-off semifinals against North Macedonia (0-1).
The future of the club is still open
“I would like to greet you with a good memory. This will certainly be my last game with Italy,” said the central defender. He left it open as to whether he would continue his career at the club next season. His contract with Juve is until 2023.
“My love for Juventus never ends, it will never end,” he said. Now he has to “weigh it all up to the end of the season” and talk to his family about what’s best. After the Italian Cup final on 11 May against Inter, he wants to make a decision.
Chiellini made his debut with Italy in November 2004 and has since made 116 appearances (eight goals). Between 2012 and 2020 he was the Italian champion nine times with Juve.