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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro extends contract through 2021

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Two days, two contract extensions to be announced by the top dogs in Italy.

Wednesday was the day that Daniele Rugani was locked up for another five season. Just about 24 hours later as the clock turned over to 12 in the afternoon on Thursday, Juventus were again announcing a player in the early-20s had signed until the end of the 2020-21. That would be a renewal for midfielder Stefano Sturaro, whose previous contract with the Italian champions ran until the end of the 2019-20, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s contract data that was published for the masses at the beginning of the season back in September.

Tack on another year to that contract, boys and girls. Sturaro is part of the contract extension party that Juventus has been rolling out the last two days. (Maybe it will develop into one like Tottenham where pretty much half the squad signs new deals before the new year arrives. Wouldn’t that be interesting...)

Well, as much as some might not have expected this one to take place as much as the Rugani contract extension, it seems as though Juventus are lining things up for the future and taking care of some of their young players within the squad.

Just a thought that popped into my head just now: When is Paulo Dybala’s contract extension going to be announced? If there’s one young player on the Juventus roster to lock up until, say, 2030, it would most certainly be Paulo Dybala, right? Right!

Sturaro seems to be a favorite of Max Allegri, with the 23-year-old Italian midfielder’s playing time increasing in recent weeks with the change in formation. How long that will last will be another thing to pay attention to. But while some may not rate Sturaro all that highly, the man who fills out Juventus’ lineup card each and every game certainly does to an extent, I suppose. The hard-nosed midfielder, once dubbed ‘The Next Gennaro Gattuso’ when he was coming up through the ranks and making his first Serie A appearances with Genoa, obviously has some back of the Juventus management with the club handing out its second contract extension in as many days.