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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Giorgio Chiellini renews contract with Juventus through 2023

Look who’s back! (Not like he ever left ...)

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Juventus’ captain isn’t going anywhere.

Like there was any doubt to begin with, right?

Juventus gave you something to be very happy about to begin your work week: With Giorgio Chiellini’s arrival at preseason training following his triumphant summer with the Italian national team, King Kong himself has officially signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club through 2023. It means that, as previously reported by Sky Sport Italia earlier in the day, Chiellini will be a Juventus player through the World Cup in 2022 in Qatar and continue to be a key figure in Max Allegri’s first two seasons back with the Bianconeri.

Seeing Chiellini, one of Italy’s standout performers during the Azzurri’s run to the Euro 2020 final and ultimate win over England, sign a contract extension with Juventus following his big-time summer is believed to be one of the big early objectives of Allegri 2.0. It was reported in the days following Allegri’s (re-)appointment as Juve manager that he specifically asked the club to make it a priority to bring Chiellini back after his deal expired at the end of the 2020-21 season.

There obviously was plenty of mutual interest despite a handful of reports popping up here and there that Chiellini might be interested in going to Major League Soccer in the United States or somewhere else on a free transfer.

But those rumors pretty much fell off a cliff once Allegri made his return to Juventus, and the fact that Chiellini was coming back to the club he’s been attached to since 2004 pretty much became a certainty. What Max wants, Max has been getting so far, right? (That seems like a good sign for other things, too, like Paulo Dybala’s contract extension.)

As Juventus’ announcement declared at the very end: “TOGETHER. ONCE AGAIN. #CHIELLINI2023.” You’re damn right.