The nature of the final few days of every transfer rumors is just a magnification of what we’ve heard over the previous weeks. That means, when it comes to the rumors that we hear, a good portion of them turn out to be a whole bunch of crap.
One of those rumors involved Stephan Lichtsteiner and his future at Juventus. It involved Lichtsteiner, who is one of the core players to have won five straight Scudetti with the club, handing in a transfer request, agreeing to personal terms and trying to force a move to Inter Milan.
As the transfer deadline came and went, Lichtsteiner leaving turned out to be a load of crap. Therefore, Lichtsteiner, quite a favorite around these parts, has felt the need to settle some things on his own. That has resulted in a wonderfully-written, multi-lingual post on the Swiss national team captain’s various social media accounts.
Cari tifosi Contano di più i fatti o voci senza fondamenti? I fatti sono che io ho sempre dato tutto e continuerò sempre a dare tutto per difendere la mia maglia e la mia squadra. Io vivo e respiro ogni giorno per il successo della mia squadra. E vi dimostrerò che anche quest'anno sarà così...FinoAllaFine! Liebe Fans Ich glaube an Fakten statt Worte. Für mich zählt einzig und alleine die Wahrheit auf dem Spielfeld. Ich lebe jeden Tag, jedes Training und jedes Spiel nur für den Erfolg meiner Mannschaft. Ich atme für das Trikot, das ich trage. Das war nie anders und wird sich auch nie ändern! In diesem Sinne...FinoAllaFine! #finoallafine Dear Fans, I believe in facts rather than words. I live and breathe every game and every training session for the jersey that I wear and for the success of my team. That was never different and will never change! In this sense...FinoAllaFine!
STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER IS ON A CRUSADE TO GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.
Okay, now that we’ve got that settled...
I think my favorite part of this — outside of the super-serious headshot, of course — is the fact that Lichtsteiner, in his own unique way, is giving the middle finger to every single rumor published over the last couple of days that said he wanted to leave Juventus for Inter or some other club. It’s like Lichtsteiner channeled his inner Stone Cold Steve Austin and pretend just about every transfer rumor source was Vince McMahon and then delivered a Stone Cold Stunner on them all. I’m pretty sure the “I live and breathe every game and every training session for the jersey that I wear and for the success of my team” sentence sums things up rather well considering the main team that he was linked to over the last 48 hours or so.
“Oh, you think I want to go to Inter? Well I’m straight up bianconero, so have a nice day.”
Fact is, Lichtsteiner didn’t leave like the Italian press wanted to have us believe was the case. Because of it, Lichtsteiner felt the need to say something. As a result, we’ve gotten this loud and proud statement from the player himself.
We’ll also get more of Lichtsteiner interviewing Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic after Juve’s next Scudetto celebration. That’s never going to be a bad thing.