We might as well think of the international break as the period of time where contract extension rumors involving Juventus players either start up or continue on their merry way.
Wednesday was the day where a number of Italian media outlets were reporting that Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini is going to be signing a contract extension in relatively short order, another big name in the Juventus defense is reportedly in line for another few years being to added onto his current deal. Alex Sandro, the Serie A champions’ Brazilian dynamo at left back, is the subject of a contract extension that is currently being put together, according to reports out of Italy on Thursday.
Much like a lot of Juventus’ recent contract extensions to the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani, Sandro’s proposed new deal would run through the 2020-21 season and see him receive a noticeable raise along the way, seeing his salary go up from a reported €2.8 million to €3.5 million.
The reasoning behind the contract, besides trying to keep Sandro around for as long as possible as he becomes one of the best at his position in the world, is to try and fend off any interest from other European big-money clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid this summer.
And let’s be honest here: Even if there wasn’t even one single club interested in signing Alex Sandro this summer, would a contract extension and a nice little pay raise be out of line?
Of course it wouldn’t.
Because he’s a fantastic player, and he’s becoming more and more important to this Juventus squad the way it is constructed. He’s taken over as Juve’s full-time starter at left back and has been one of the club’s best players this season, if not the best. (He was at midseason, by the way, because we at BWRAO said so.)