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Claudio Marchisio released by Juventus after 25 years and could join Premier League team on free transfer this summer

The Italian midfielder broke into the Old Lady first team during the 2006/07 season

Claudio Marchisio’s 25-year love affair with Juventus has come to an end.

The Old Lady agreed to terminate his contract – and could sign for a Premier League team this summer.

The Italian midfielder has been blighted with injuries over the last two years, resulting in the 32-year-old being deemed as surplus to requirements.

Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio has been released from the club following 25 years of service

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Juventus legend Claudio Marchisio has been released from the club following 25 years of service

He featured just 20 times under Massimiliano Allegri last campaign, with Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi and Rodrigo Bentancur all preferred instead.

Marchisio – a product of the Old Lady youth academy – broke into the first team during the 2006/07 season with the club in Serie B, having been relegated due to the Calciopoli scandal.

Marchisio, 32, chalked up with 37 goals in 389 games in all competitions for the Old Lady

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Marchisio, 32, chalked up with 37 goals in 389 games in all competitions for the Old Lady

In total, he racked up 389 appearances for the Serie A giants, netting on 37 occasions, and has helped the club win seven successive Scudetto titles.

He has also been capped 55 times for the Italian national team – scoring five goals for the Azzurri – including a scorching strike from distance against England at the 2014 World Cup.

Italian midfielder Marchisio has helped the club win seven consecutive Serie A titles

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Italian midfielder Marchisio has helped the club win seven consecutive Serie A titles

Uploading a photo to Twitter of him playing for the Bianconeri as a child, Marchisio said: “I can not stop looking at this photograph and these stripes on which I wrote my life as a man and a footballer.

“I love this shirt to the point that, despite everything, I am convinced that the good of the team comes first. Always.”

Marchisio had been involved in pre-season under Massimiliano Allegri this summer

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Marchisio had been involved in pre-season under Massimiliano Allegri this summer

Juventus paid tribute to the ex-Empoli loanee in a statement on their website where they stated it was both a privilege and an honour to work with him.

They said: “With every battle competed, every ripple of the net and every trophy raised, his childhood dreams kept coming true. In truth, we all lived our dreams side by side with Claudio.

“Watching him grow and become, year after year, a man, husband and father filled all of us Bianconeri with a unique sense of gratification.

“Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour.

“And it will be a pleasure to keep following him, with whichever shirt he will wear in the future. For the black and white stripes, as we know, will always form an indelible part of him and his story.

“Thanks for everything, Claudio! We wish you the very best!”

Marchisio broke into the first team for Juve during the 2006/07 season

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Marchisio broke into the first team for Juve during the 2006/07 season

Marchisio had been involved in pre-season for the Coppa Italia champions, and even scored on Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut as they brushed aside Juve’s ‘B’ team.

English clubs can snap up Marchisio on a free transfer, while MLS side New York City FC have held an interest in the player in the past.


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