There is one contract extension that all of us want to see take place, like, tomorrow, and it’s that of Paulo Dybala. But if reports out of Italy on Wednesday are to be believed, then another one of Juve’s most important players could see a few more years tacked onto his current contract as well.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus defender is set to extend his contract for another two seasons in relatively short order. The 32-year-old Chiellini, who has become as well known for his injury troubles as his performances in the heart of Juve’s defense in recent seasons, last extended his contract nearly two and a half years ago when he and Gigi Buffon signed on until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Based on his age (32 years old) and injury history of late (a lot), this is likely one of Chiellini’s final contracts during his playing career if it is indeed extended. (Which is something I don’t think anybody who follows Juventus on a somewhat regular basis wouldn’t expect to happen.) Chiellini seems destined to finish his career in Turin. There’s nothing telling us otherwise. He’s one of the pillars of this current era, one that is coming close to see another Serie A title arrive at Juventus Stadium.
Two more years added onto the current deal and Chiellini is a 35-year-old player who is either nearing the end of his career or already there. Who knows how long he will be a full-time starter over that stretch. Only Chiellini — as well as his health — can determine that as we move forward.
Also, a side note: Announce Dybala’s extension already.