Simone Padoin has been the butt of a lot of jokes around these parts since he arrived from Atalanta way back in 2012. Since then, Juventus has gone on to win a Scudetto at the end of every one of those seasons. That means Padoin is one of the few Juve players currently on the roster who have been a part of the squad since the beginning of the current five-year title-winning run in Serie A.
How much longer Padoin is a Juventus player still remains to be seen, though.
According to reports out of Italy, Juve's very own Human Victory Cigar could be trading in his reserve role with the current Italian champions for what is assumed to be a larger role for Caglieri in the club's return to Serie A come the start of the 2016-17 season. As Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio stated on his website on Saturday, "Only a few details remain and then Padoin will be able to consider himself a Cagliari player."
Well, I mean, if there really are a few details to go, I guess we should probably prepare ourselves for a post-Padoin world at Juventus.
And while that won't mean the club will crumble into shambles or the title run will suddenly end because Padoin is no longer around, one of the longest-tenured Juventus players there currently is on the roster — yes, it seems weird that it's true, but it is — will be leaving this summer.
Padoin has served his role just as well as you hope somebody who wouldn't play much would. He's never complained about his lack of playing time publicly, he's never been a problem. And that's something you want to have happen with your reserve players who serve exactly the same kind of role as Padoin has over his four-and-a-half-year Juve career.