In terms of being rewarded simply because due to your performances on the field this past season, there are few players who deserve a contract extension more than midfielder Claudio Marchisio. Il Principino was good, damn good, and played a massive at multiple spots in what is considered one of the best midfields in all of Europe.
So, naturally, we have news of Marchisio being on the brink of putting pen to paper on said contract extension.
According to both Tuttosport and the Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus' lone Turin-born senior player is set to stay right where he is for many years to come. That's no surprise, really. When you say Marchisio is as Juventus as anybody on the roster, it's not a surprise at all. And now he's expected to sign a contract extension through the 2018-19 season — a deal that will see play for the only team he has known (outside of a year on loan at Empoli) entering his mid-30s.
Marchisio's new contract will be announced on Saturday, according to the Gazzetta. Good times.
Marchisio bianconero a vita Domani firma fino al 2019 http://t.co/Ec4r9hIcOY— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) June 19, 2015
Out of all the contract extensions that are expected to take place this summer or early fall, this is one of the easiest to figure out. You want Marchisio to stick around? Good, because he does to. In an era where staying with one club throughout your career — and I guess I'm not including a loan season in this notion — is as rare as any anything these days, Marchisio is pretty much saying "I'm staying right here, big guy."
That's a wonderful thing to have happen, to be honest.
Marchisio is a leader and a future captain. Maybe the only thing from preventing him from being captain is the fact that Superman is still playing at a ridiculously high level as a 37-year-old goalkeeper and has no plans of retiring for at least a couple of years. But Marchisio's time will come. Why? Because he is about to sign a contract extension and stick around until his career comes to a close. That seems like a pretty understandable reason to me.