Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has announced that he will retire from the national team this year. Chiellini won the Euro 2020 tournament last year with Italy, but failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Chiellini holding the Euro 2020 trophy after winning it with Italy

Chiellini has had a remarkable time with the Italian national team. He is the joint-fourth most-capped player in the history of the Italian national team. Chiellini has been a mainstay in the Italian national team since 2009. He played all matches at the 2009 confederations cup, he also enjoyed game-time at the 2010 World Cup alongside Cannavaro. Chiellini was part of the Italian team that lost to Spain in the final of the Euro 2012.

If fit, Giorgio Chiellini will bring an end to his national team journey at Wembley in June, against Argentina in the “Finalissima

Despite quitting the national team, Chellini has hinted that he could continue with Juventus. The 37-year-old is not in any rush to decide over is club career just yet.

My love affair with Juventus is not ending,” he stated after Juventus’ win over Sassuolo on Monday in Serie A. “It will never end.”The love is so strong that as far as I am concerned, but also I think it will never end.

“Of course, from now to the end of the season I do have to evaluate everything, talk to my family about what is best.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini to miss Napoli, Bayern Munich clashes -  Eurosport

“Let’s reach fourth place 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.

“It was the same last summer. I took time and didn’t sign the new contract until after the Euros. At my age, you can’t look too far into the long-term, but that’s only natural, it’s all fine.

“I hope you can see that I am happy, relaxed and want to keep enjoying myself with my teammates, then we’ll see.”

Chiellini on his future with Juventus

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