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Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini to retire from international football

The centre-back is yet to decide on his future at Juventus

Picture Courtesy of : Nazionale Calcio
Giorgio Chiellini at a press conference in Italian outfit

Giorgio Chiellini at a press conference in Italian outfit

The Italy defender will retire from international football after their friendly match against Argentina at Wembley in June.

 

"I'll say goodbye to the national team at Wembley, which is where I experienced the pinnacle of my career winning the Euros," Chiellini told DAZN after Juve's 2-1 win at Sassuolo in Serie A on Monday.

 

"I'd like to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a nice memory. That will certainly be my last game with Italy."

The 37-year-old captained the Italian side to European Glory for the first time since 1968. But the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second consecutive time, which means that the skipper will retire without a World Cup medal. 

 

Chiellini is the joint fifth most-capped player alongside Andrea Pirlo with only Daniele de Rossi, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon making more appearances. 

 

"My love affair with Juventus is not ending, it will never end," Chiellini added. "Of course, from now to the end of the season I do have to evaluate everything, talk to my family about what is best.

 

"Let's reach fourth place [in Serie A] first and win the Coppa Italia, then we'll sit down with my two families - at home and Juventus - to figure out what is best for everyone.”

 

Juventus sit fourth in Serie A, eight points clear of fifth-placed Roma with four games left to play in the league.

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