As the months went by during the first half of the recently-completed 2014-15 season, the rumors of Juventus players seemed to be almost as constant as the games that were being played. Some players got those contract extensions, while others may have been put on hold with the club competing and succeeded on all three possible fronts.
Now that the Champions League final and the Serie A season as a whole is over and done with, let the talk of contract extensions resume. First up? A high-socked South American by the name of Martin Cáceres who, despite all of his injury troubles, has been one of Juventus' best defenders over the last couple of seasons.
After the disappointment of the loss in the Champions League final, Juventus is looking to the future. On top of looking for new acquisitions, the bianconeri are looking to extend the contract of their current players one of which is Martin Caceres. Prior to his injury, the Uruguayan defender had become a key contributor and Juventus wants to extend his current deal which expires in 2016. The player's agent Daniel Fonseca will be in Turin on Tuesday to meet with Juve's brass to discuss the renewal, Caceres' future will likely be in bianconero.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Out of Juventus' four main central defenders besides Cáceres — Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Angelo Ogbonna — he is one of the youngest after turning 28 this past April. That will obviously change with Daniele Rugani's anticipated return to Turin this summer and a potential exit by Ogbonna, but the fact still remains that Cáceres has plenty of football left in the tank.
Obviously how much game time he sees going forward depends on his injuries, which continue to prevent him from getting regular football over the span of two or three months before another problem pops up. When he's healthy, he's been great, one of the most consistent players in the Juventus squad no matter if it's as center back in a three-man backline or right back in a four-man defense. Injured, yes. Constant performer, yes to that, too.
That versatility has proven to be vital over Cáceres' tenure at the club whether it's Antonio Conte or Max Allegri writing the starting lineup. And there's no denying that he loves being a Juventus player. If he didn't he wouldn't have been so smitten with a return on loan (and eventual permanent transfer) back in early 2012. He is definitely an important piece to the puzzle even with all the time he has missed over the past two-plus season because of injuries.
So yes, give him that contract. We need more high socks in all of our lives.