It was all of four weeks ago that reports first came about courtesy of the Italian press that Juventus’ front office was going to begin contract extension talks with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
That was in the middle of October.
Come the middle of November and, maybe unsurprisingly, talks have progressed so far that it seems as though the only thing left to do is wait for the official announcement on Juventus’ website and various social media channels.
That’s because Sky Sport Italia transfer ace Gianluca Di Marzio reported Friday that Juventus and Szczesny — the club’s starting goalkeeper the past season and a half — are putting the final details on a contract extension through the 2023-24 season, adding three more years onto the Pole’s current deal. This piece of news, whether a coincidence or not, comes on the same day when La Gazzetta dello Sport splashed a front page story on how Juve are plotting a summer more for Milan and Italy starting goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who could very well leave after yet another season of frustration at San Siro.
A contract extension and further commitment to the 29-year-old Polish international might as well put the notion of Juventus splashing cash on another goalkeeper to bed.
And for good reason, really.
In his 18 months as Juve’s starter in goal, Szczesny has been one of the best in Serie A. It doesn’t take much research or number crunching to figure that out. Szczesny has taken over for the legendary Gigi Buffon — who now, ironically, is his backup — and been about as steady as steady can be in goal. His time at Juventus has easily been some of the best football he’s played over the course of his career, and this season might be the best yet.
Through the first 11 games of the current Serie A season, Szczesny is the highest-rated goalkeeper in the league, according to WhoScored.
For somebody who doesn’t turn 30 until the stretch run of the current season, Szczesny is most certainly in the prime of his career. And if his career trajectory that is currently trending upward continues like it has been over the last couple of seasons, then Juventus’ decision to hand him a contract extension will look better and better as time goes by.
Same goes if he keeps making damn good saves like he did against Milan last weekend.