Andrea Barzagli is most certainly in the twilight of his career. It’s not because he’s suddenly a shell of the player he has been for the vast majority of his time with Juventus, but there’s just not much more mileage left when you’re entering your late-30s.
But it looks like Barzagli will be staying in Turin a little while longer.
One day after a report from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio emerged that Barzagli and Juventus were in discussions when it came to a one-year contract extension through 2019, the 36-year-old defender confirmed that he and the club are talking about adding a year onto his current deal that expires at the end of the season.
From the Great Wall of Barza himself:
“We spoke to the club and the directors a few days ago. I hope to renew and there is a will from both parties: nothing is written, but we are at a good place.”
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Nothing may be written in stone yet, but it definitely sounds like it will be in relatively short order and an “OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL” post will soon follow.
Some thought that Barzagli, who is one of a handful of Juventus players whose current contracts come to an end with the completion of the 2017-18 campaign, could head off into the sunset as his contract expires.
But there is obviously a desire from Barzagli to continue play as well as Juventus having him around to still be a contributor as well as a mentor to what will likely be at least a few new young defenders — namely Mattia Caldara and Leonardo Spinazzola — come the start of preseason training next season.
And as long as Barzagli looks more like the player of recent months rather than the one that completely struggled at the beginning of the season, then there won’t be too many better options to come off the bench or be a part-time starter that Juve can find out there.