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Giorgio Chiellini confirms his exit from Juventus at the end of the season

Juventus defender and ex-Italy international Giorgio Chiellini has declared that he will be leaving the Allianz Stadium in the summer.

The 37-year-old was signed from Livorno in 2004 for €6.5 million and has since made 559 appearances across all competitions – the third most in Juventus history behind Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon.

Having already won 20 trophies with the Old Lady, Chiellini was denied a chance at adding more silverware as Juventus fell to a 4-2 extra-time defeat to Inter Milan in yesterday’s Coppa Italia final.

Speaking in the aftermath of the aforementioned game, Chiellini confirmed his impending goodbye to the Serie A giants at the end of the current campaign.

“I give way to the youngsters, as next year I will not be here,” said Chiellini (via Sportmediaset).

“On Monday I will say goodbye to my stadium, and Fiorentina will be my last match. I say goodbye with joy to this team, of which I will be the biggest fan because Juve will always stay with me.

“We had these 10 magnificent years, it is up to the others to continue now. I did everything I could, I hope that I left something.

“It is my choice 100 percent, I am happy to leave at such a high level because for many years I have said I didn’t want to finish struggling and not being able to play at my level.

“I gave it my all, soon I will be the biggest Juventus fan from the outside. After so many years within this club, you cannot shake it off.”

A switch to the calmer waters of Major League Soccer is expected to be the next step for the veteran, who has reportedly been offered a contract by Los Angeles FC, while Vancouver Whitecaps are also thought to be keen on a move.

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