Claudio Marchisio leaves Juventus after 25 years

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Italian midfielder, Claudio Marchisio has agreed to terminate his contract with Juventus by mutual consent after 25 years with the Turin based side.

The 32-year-old midfielder has been plagued with injuries, particularly in the aftermath of a ruptured cruciate ligament suffered in April 2016.

Marchisio posted an emotional goodbye on social media, alongside a picture of him playing as a child in Juventus kit.

He wrote on Instagram: ‘I can’t stop looking at this photograph and these stripes on which I wrote my life as a man and a footballer.

‘I love this shirt to the point that, despite everything, I am convinced that the good of the team comes first. All the time.’

Reacting to the news, Juventus released a statement on their website:

“Today marks the end of Claudio Marchisio’s Juventus career following the agreed termination of his contract,” read a statement on Juve’s official website, in which the club paid a glowing tribute to their long-serving player.

“With every battle competed, every ripple of the net and every trophy raised, his childhood dreams kept coming true. In truth, we all lived our dreams side by side with Claudio. Watching him grow and become, year after year, a man, husband and father filled all of us Bianconeri with a unique sense of gratification.

“Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour.

“And it will be a pleasure to keep following him, with whichever shirt he will wear in the future. For the black and white stripes, as we know, will always form an indelible part of him and his story.

“Thanks for everything, Claudio! We wish you the very best.”

Marchisio made a total of 389 appearances in all competitions, scoring 37 goals, and won seven Serie A titles as well as four Coppa Italias, capped 55 times for Italy.

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