Italy legendary Giorgio Chiellini is set to sign a contract to sign a deal with Los Angeles FC this week after his departure from Juventus A source has been confirmed by ESPN.
The announcement of the agreement was first published by Fabrizio Romano.
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The 37-year-old defender has a third place on Juventus’ list of appearances all time following Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon, has announced in early March that he was leaving Juventus Turin titans by the conclusion in the current season.
Chiellini was signed to Juve in 2004 when he was a player at Livorno and went to achieve nine league titles and five Italian Cups during his time in Turin.
“We had these 10 magnificent years, it is up to the others to continue now,” the former president declared when he was in his prime. “I did my best and I would like to think that I’ve left something behind.
“It is my choice 100 percent, I am happy to leave at such a high level, because for many years I have said I didn’t want to finish struggling and not being able to play at my level. I gave it my all, soon I will be the biggest Juventus fan from the outside. After so many years within this club, you cannot shake it off.”
Chiellini declared his resignation from the world of football earlier this month. His last match for Italy is scheduled for Wednesday, when the European champions face the South American counterparts Argentina at Wembley.
With 116 appearances in National Team, Chiellini is joint fifth on the history of Italy charts, alongside Andrea Pirlo, with only Daniele De Rossi Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Buffon ahead of him.
“As for the baton that Giorgio will pass, I reckon it is only right and fair to enjoy this last day in the blue jersey for him,” fellow Italy player Leonardo Bonucci said of Chiellini on Tuesday, ahead of his final match. “He’s been a great mate on the pitch and in life. A great captain. He replaced another great like Gigi [Buffon]. And starting from tomorrow I will keep on doing what I’ve always done, which is to be an example and help the team.”
LAFC currently leads MLS’ Western Conference after 14 games under director of football Steve Cherundolo.