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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus sign Alex Sandro to contract extension through 2023

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If you like fullbacks who play for Juventus and speak Portuguese, then you’re going to be happy with this development.

Juventus v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Alex Sandro has been a name that has been linked with a move away from Turin as much as just about anybody the last couple of summers. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been very, very keen to acquire the talents of the Brazilian left back, one of the best at his position that European football has to offer.

However, something happened Thursday that will likely have those reported clubs of interest a little frustrated.

Alex Sandro has officially extended his contract at Juventus.

Yes, as was officially announced via the club’s website, Juventus and Sandro have a brand new contract extension through 2023 signed, sealed and delivered. Sandro, who had about 18 months remaining on the deal he first signed when he arrived from Porto three years ago, will reportedly receive a nice little bump in salary as he tacks on another three years to his current deal.

Upon signing his brand new contract — and sporting a very nice suit while doing so — Sandro had this to say about his big day:

“In the years that I’ve been here I learnt the mentality of the club and of my teammates. Here we always work to win and this will never change.

“I’m happy when we win, if this happens thanks to my assists or goals I’m happy, but the most important thing is to win. I have all of the goals that I have scored in my heart, because it is not easy to score as a defender. But if I had to list one as my favorite, I would say the header I scored at the near post against Torino last year at home.”

At 27 years old, Sandro is most certainly in the prime of his career. He has, for the most part, rebounded from a sub-par season in the 2017-18 campaign by his lofty standards. He has combined with Joao Cancelo, one of the best signings of the 2018-19 season, to form one hell of a combination at fullback — and a tandem that few clubs in Europe can really match in terms of the quality each defender possesses. Sandro is currently second on the team in assists in Serie A play, while he’s also been one of Juve’s highest-rated players, according to WhoScored.