Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has revealed that he was considering retirement after suffering a serious injury at the start of the 2019-20 season, but his desire to play in Euro 2020 has kept him going.
I went through a hard period after the injury,”
Chiellini told DAZN.
“I returned after six months and shortly after the COVID outbreak and I struggled to find the right balance for almost a year
“The thought of retiring entered my mind, but it was the European Championship that kept me on my feet and the desire to be there at all costs.”
His future with Juventus was unknown, but Chiellini finally extended his contract until June 2023.
Chiellini explained that Allegri's return to Juventus influenced his decision and went on to point out the impact he and Conte had on his career.
He and Conte were the most important coaches of my career, despite being so different but united by being successful,”
“From them, I learned to overcome obstacles through work ethic and to face challenges with some ease.
“Allegri? He seemed very excited [to return]. It’s a certainty for Juventus’ next years. He’s a guarantee of continuity and what it means to be at Juventus.”
And he relived the emotions after winning Euro 2020.
The emotions are incredible, and we relive them every time we review the images and find ourselves at Coverciano,”
“The wins must be enjoyed the right way but then we immediately think about the next target and now we must qualify for the World Cup.
“The emotions, however, remain and they will be with you forever. I think of the hugs with [Manuel] Locatelli during the penalties, they are unforgettable moments that we will tell our Grandchildren in 20 years.”
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