Serie A - Juventus to release Del Piero in summer

Tue, 18 Oct 15:35:00 2011

Juventus have announced that club legend Alessandro del Piero will leave the Turin club at the end of the season.

Juventus Alesandro Del Piero reacts during the match against AC Milan in their Berlusconi Trophy soccer match at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, northern Italy August 21, 2011 - 0

The striker has been a fixture of the team since joining from Padova as a teenager in 1993.

Now 36, Del Piero holds the record for the most appearances for Juventus, and is the leading scorer in their history.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli confirmed that Del Piero will not be offered a new deal at a shareholders' meeting.

"The unique link between the old Juventus and the new Juve is our captain, Alessandro Del Piero," Agnelli said.

"He wanted to stay with us for one more year, and this will be his last season wearing the black-and-white jersey."

Del Piero has previously stated he would not play for another club than Juventus, but has not yet made any comment on whether the news would lead to his retirement.

Del Piero has won five league titles with the club, as well as the Champions League in 1996. He also remained loyal to the club when they were rocked by a match-fixing scandal and demoted to Serie B for the 2006-7 season.


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