Chiellini: ‘I see a return to Juventus in my future’


Former Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini confirmed he will likely return to the club at some point in the future. The veteran centre-back is set to play in the MLS Cup final this weekend, and speaking with The Athletic, he revealed that he is likely to make a move back to Turin once his playing career is over:

I assume working for Juventus is what you see in the future, right?

Yeah. I don’t want to be a liar — in my future, I see Juventus. I don’t know in what position, but it’s somewhere where I have spent almost half of my life. I’m still really connected to every one of them and I’m very happy they’re doing a good season. I’m looking forward to getting back to the stadium and watching them over the Christmas break, but I’m in no rush. I’m enjoying my life here with my family.

They’ve done well to bounce back this year after such a tough season last year, on and off the field. Do you fancy Juventus to push Inter for the Scudetto?

They are more consistent in the league this year; that was their weakness last year. We’ll see if they are able to stay close to Inter by March. Maybe if Inter go far in the Champions League, they will be able to catch them. But it will be hard, the favourite now is Inter, and the underdogs are the other teams.

And they’ve got two USMNT internationals helping to get them there! Have you been impressed with Timothy Weah and Weston McKennie this season?

They are both lovely, lovely guys. I’ve met Tim, and I know Weston very well. Tim’s had some injuries that have not permitted him to be consistent, but Weston has been strong. I’m so happy he’s earned a position and minutes in the team because he’s a good guy. I think the new generation of Americans are ready to play in Europe. I don’t know if they are ready to compete by 2026 (at the World Cup), and the problem by 2030 is that they will have a new generation with the older generation not at the same level. It’s not easy to figure out the group, then. But they have a good young team who are capable of having a good World Cup at home.


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