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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio extends contract through 2020

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Claudio Marchisio was never going anywhere. I know this because it's one of the easier things in life to figure out. Claudio Marchisio is as Juventino as anybody we've seen put on the jersey in the last decade or two. He grew up here, and outside of a loan spell at Empoli in the 2007-2008 season, bianconero are the only colors he's worn since he was a kid.

And it's not like that's about to change — nor should it.

Alongside club president Andrea Agnelli, Marchisio, viewed by many as the club's next captain whenever Gigi Buffon chooses to hang up his gloves and retire, has extended his contract with his hometown club through the 2019-20 season. Marchisio, who turned 29 in January, recently exceeded the 300-appearance mark with Juventus and is the latest player from the club's core to put pen to paper on a contract extension over the last 12 months.

I will never get tired of writing about Marchisio signing a new contract with Juventus. Never ever. There's surely to be another contract or two before he's off to hang out and flood his Instagram profile with pictures of his kids on a full-time hases, which is good news for all of us. I don't even want to think of a Juventus world that doesn't involve Claudio Marchisio right now. The good thing is, we're still years away from that happening, so nothing more to see here.

Marchisio had a huge return to form this past season and was easily been one of Juventus' best players from the opening weekend to when things came to a close in the Champions League final in Berlin. It has come in a variety of different roles, too, with Marchisio being the direct replacement whenever Andrea Pirlo is out of the lineup as well as holding down his usual spot in Juve's midfield. His ability to bounce in between the two spots in the center of the park has been a vital asset to first-year manager Max Allegri, who hasn't been afraid to deploy Marchisio as a regista this season.

No matter if his future is as a regista or somewhere else in midfield beyond next season, he will be in the Juventus jersey he has worn for so many years before. Juventus and Claudio Marchisio, some kind of Italian love story that isn't ending any time soon. That's the way it should be, really.

Truer words have never been spoken. Claudio Marchisio is Juventus — both on the field and in his heart.