Chiellini suggests Akanji for Juventus future

by | Sep 4, 2021 18:43

Giorgio Chiellini suggests Switzerland international Manuel Akanji would be a suitable replacement for him at Juventus. ‘A spot is opening up soon when I retire…’

The Italy captain is expected to start tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Basel, at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

He spoke to Swiss-Italian station RSI about the game and which Swiss players he was particularly impressed with.

“I have always been intrigued by Akanji, as he still has something more to give and in my view he is approaching the right age to really reach his peak, but he still needs that final step,” said Chiellini.

Would he therefore recommend the 26-year-old Borussia Dortmund centre-back for Juventus?

“A spot is opening up soon when I retire, so there’s going to be room…”

That isn’t strictly true, as Chiellini has just signed a new two-year contract with the Bianconeri and is hoping to represent Italy at the 2022 World Cup.

“I am a player and also like a big brother to many teammates, due to my age and experience. The great thing about this squad is everyone adds their little ingredient to the recipe and makes the whole truly special.”

There should be 31,000 people at St. Jakub-Park in Basel tomorrow evening, approximately half of them supporting Italy.

“We’re happy, as we felt during the Euros so much affection from Italians abroad and those second-generation Italians. It makes you feel even more patriotic and proud to be Italian.”



  1. martinn

    something we need to think about

  2. Cypher

    Lord Cherubini has better plans for Juventus’ future like Rugani for example.

    Even if we need a backup to Lord Rugani, we can always raise Caceres, Benatia, Barzagli from the dead.

  3. Jon

    Funny thing was, it looked like they were planning for the future with Romero, demiral, chiesa, Kula, Weston and de light.

    Defence was at least sorted for next ten years. Then had to sell them all cos Ronaldo cost 240m in total.

  4. Juv+

    @cypher such is the dark arts practiced at juve

  5. Juv+

    @jon it really depresses me how badly they messed up a strong CB situation.

  6. chpo

    @Jon You forgot Cancelo to City. Another defensive player sacrificed for Ronaldo, although he was never much of a defensively gifted one, but still a great right back. Could always improve.

  7. Peter Pietraroia

    Juve have no one to blame but themselves, Romero,Tomayasu, DiLigt, Rugani would have been more than serviceable surplus, now let’s sit back and watch Napoli put up 3/4 goals

  8. The Almighty Allegri

    I will bring back Montero, Thuram, and Cannavaro and our defense will be very very scary. We will recall Deschamps, Davids, and Zidane too, we have to troubles playing old lads.

    Because we are the almighty Juve.

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