Arianna Caruso may be young in age, but she’s been a part of the Juventus Women roster as long as just about any of the other players that make up the entertaining Italian core. She was the first Juventus Women player to reach 100 appearances for the club, and has established herself as one of the squad’s most important players even though she is still one of its youngest.
You know what you do with a talent like that? You make sure it doesn’t get away.
And that’s exactly Juve has done with one of Italy’s best young talents.
Juventus announced Monday that the soon-to-be 22-year-old Caruso has signed a contract extension through the 2023-24 season. Caruso’s contract extension is the longest ever handed out by Juve’s women’s team, with the young midfielder set to stay at the club that first saw her make her debut at the tender age of 18 and has since seen her develop into arguably their best midfielder as well as a consistent member of the Italian women’s national team.
Again, she’s done all of this before her 22nd birthday. The Caruso Show is the best show.
Ah, that’s the good stuff right there. They could have made it through 2034 and it would have been totally OK with me. Give her all the years — all of them. She deserves it.
Caruso is the second key cog to renew past the 2021-22 season within the past couple of months. Fellow young standout Lisa Boattin signed a contract extension through 2023 back in the middle of July, becoming one of the first players to do a multi-year deal rather than the usual short-term extensions that so many others have done since Juventus started a women’s team in 2017.
But it’s safe to say that if Juve are to buck a trend, it is worth it when it comes to Caruso.
The 2020-21 season was truly a breakout campaign for Caruso, who has grown into a more advance midfield role in the last couple of years. Caruso appeared in 20 of Juventus Women’s 22 league games, starting 14 of them. In those 20 appearances, Caruso scored seven goals — fourth-best on the team alongside Lina Hurtig — and recorded three assists, establishing herself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A Femminile.
Through Juve’s first five games this season, Caruso has appeared in all five games, scoring twice as well as recording an assist in the Bianconere’s season-opening win over Pomigliano.
With this contract extension, it’s pretty clear that Juve views Caruso as a key cog going forward into the future much like they do with Boattin. Not that we didn’t know that already, of course. But it’s always nice to be reminded when it comes to these types of things.