Tuesday was the day that Martin Cáceres' representatives and the Juventus management met to discuss a new contract to keep the high sock-wearing Uruguayan right where he is. Just a few hours later, according to reports out of Italy, those discuessions went as well as one could possibly hope the could go.
Cáceres and Juventus are essentially just a signature away from the final touches of a brand new contract that will keep the 28-year-old defender in Turin through the 2017-18 season. The announcement is expected to come in short order, as Juventus kickstart their tasks of giving some of their most important players contract extensions once again.
After landing Khedira and Dybala, Juventus has also reached an extension to keep one of their own players. Today the bianconeri agreed on a new contract with defender Martin Caceres through 2018, the only thing missing is the official announcement. After locking up Lichtsteiner long term a few months ago, Juve has done the same with Caceres.
And from the Corriere dello Sport (with help from the sometimes-questionable translation skills of Google Translate):
Martin Caceres binds to Juventus until 2018. The Uruguayan defender, after an unlucky season culminated with the operation malleolus, has renewed his contract with the Bianconeri, with the deal put forth by Daniel Fonseca, former Juventus striker. Juventus confirmed his precious wildcard defense.
And with that, we say, "Done deal."
Cáceres agreeing to an extension was never something that I considered a problem. Something more like a formality considering the past history of the player and the club itself. He loves being a Juventus player, he's a great player — when he's healthy, of course — and clearly adds plenty of value to a team that loves having some versatile players on its roster. Of those versatile players, Cáceres is obviously one of the most versatile of the bunch. And no matter were he plays in defense, he's almost always playing to position well — another sign of just how consistent a player he is when he can stay on the field for a good amount of time.
What else will be something that happens for a good amount of time? Well, Cáceres being a Juventus player, for one. That's not a bad thing, or anything close to it. Now we get to play the game as to who is next in line for a contract extension. (My guess is Claudio Marchisio.)