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Chiellini plotting managerial career

SoccerNews in Serie A 6 May 2022

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Giorgio Chiellini is plotting a career in management after the Juventus and Italy captain’s playing days come to an end.

Chiellini will retire from international football after the Azzurri’s Finalissima showdown with Argentina at Wembley next month.

The 37-year-old centre-back’s future has been the subject of speculation, as his Juve contract is due to expire at the end of next season.

Chiellini has been linked with a move to the MLS before hanging up his boots.

The veteran defender plans to use his vast experience to forge a career in management, but will not take up a role until he is ready.

He told La Stampa: “As long as you are a footballer, you are focused only on that. And until today in my head I have always been a 100 per cent footballer, when you do this job it can only be like that. 

“Certainly in the future I would like to have a managerial path, in which to enhance the wealth of experience I have gained over the years and make it available in a new context.”

He added: “I would like to take care of what surrounds the pitch, but it goes beyond that, but first I would have a lot to study. I know the sport well, but it is not enough to do well as a manager. 

“About Continassa [the Juventus training complex] I know everything, even where there are cobwebs, but what happens in the office I have a superficial idea. 

“The experience I’m having with Sport Horizon helps me, but you can’t improvise it.”

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