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Chiellini explains the delay for new Juventus contract

Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus
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The Juventus captain ended his free agent status this week by signing a new two-year contract in Turin.

Giorgio Chiellini has revealed the ‘timing of various situations’ was what delayed him from extending his stay at Juventus.

The Bianconeri confirmed a new two-year contract until 2023 for the veteran defender, whose previous deal expired last month, on Monday evening.

Despite becoming a free agent, Chiellini had no interest in testing his market value. The 36-year-old revealed signing a new deal was a mere ‘formality’ to him once he returned from his extended summer break after his involvement in Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 campaign.

“In the end the signing was a formality, because as soon as I knew that my body would allow me to continue playing, there was always the will of both parties to continue together,” Chiellini told the club’s media.

“It was just the timing of various situations that delayed this signing.

“The very close relationship between myself and Juventus goes beyond everything else. I had absolutely no doubts that I would remain here.”

Chiellini has made 535 appearances for Juventus since his €4.3 million arrival from Fiorentina in 2005.

The central defender has won 20 trophies with the Old Lady, including nine Serie A title and the Coppa Italia five times, and will be gunning for more ahead of his 17th campaign, especially after winning Euro 2020 with Italy earlier in the summer.