LAFC set to sign Italy legend Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala of Juventus-12
Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala of Juventus- - IMAGO / Gribaudi/ImagePhoto

In a previous report from ESPN, The Italian defender is set to sign a deal with Los Angeles FC this week. Giorgio Chiellini will leave Juventus with 116 appearances for the national team and won nine Serie A titles and five Italian Cups during his time in Turin. He is joint fifth in the all-time Italy charts alongside Andrea Pirlo, with only Daniele De Rossi, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Buffon ahead of him.

As per ESPN, the Italy legend announced his retirement from international football last month. And he will make his final appearance for Italy on Wednesday when the Euro 2020 winners play against Argentina at Wembley. 

“We had these 10 magnificent years. It is up to the others to continue now,” he said. “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.”

His fellow defender Leonardo Bonucci said, “As for the baton that Giorgio will pass, I reckon it is only right and fair to enjoy this last day in the blue jersey for him,”

“He’s been a great mate on the pitch and in life. A great captain. He replaced another great like Gigi [Buffon]. And starting from tomorrow I will keep on doing what I’ve always done, which is to be an example and help the team.”

Meanwhile, after 14 matches under Steve Cherundolo. LAFC currently sits top of MLS’ Western Conference.