Juventus release Claudio Marchisio


The deadline day always presents surprises and the first one this year come from Turin since Juventus and Claudio Marchisio agreed to part ways after 25 years together. The move allows the midfielder to sign with another Serie A in case he wants to, but it is being reported that he is more likely to go abroad, even though the final decision has not been made.

Marchisio spent basically his entire career at the Old Lady, joining the youth system when he was six. Other than a formative year on loan to Empoli, he played only with the black and white shirt, collecting 389 appearances and scoring 17 times. He also has 55 caps with Italy.

A key element of the formation since 2009, Marchisio started to lose minutes under Antonio Conte, due to a knee injury and the arrival of Paul Pogba, but still featuring in a decent number in those years. Initially an elegant and fairly prolific box-to-box midfielder, he turned into a viable deep-lying midfielder with Massimiliano Allegri at the helm. However, after a second ACL tear in April 2016, he was unable to return to the previous level of performances and found playing time hard to come by.

Marchisio won seven Scudetti, three Supercoppa and four Coppa Italia with Juventus. Perhaps anticipating what would happen, Gianluigi Buffon let him lift the last Coppa in May first. It is unclear yet whether the club will try to sign another midfielder before the 8pm deadline.

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