Juventus have confirmed that Claudio Marchisio has agreed to terminate his contract with the club with immediate effect.
There had been rumblings earlier in the summer that problems between Allegri and Claudio had led to his dropping down the pecking order and could lead to his departure from the club.
Official confirmation came today via a statement on the clubs official site:
Today marks the end of Claudio Marchisio’s Juventus career following the agreed termination of his contract.
Twenty-five years have passed since Claudio put on the black and white shirt for the very first time. He was aged just seven with a mad desire to play for his hometown club and a head full of dreams.
His dream back then, as he has so often retold, was to wear the very same shirt in front of thousands of fans, fighting for the most coveted trophies that the beautiful game has to offer.
After winning with the youth teams, the highly promising midfielder made his first-team debut in the most difficult year of all – that of Serie B. A season with Empoli followed before Claudio was back in Turin and meaning business. Il Principino had waited for his chance to shine and was about to seize it with both hands.
From the moment he netted his maiden goal for the club against Fiorentina – the first of 37 strikes in black and white – Claudio never looked back. He had always said he should score more, and his double-figure haul in 2011/12 proved that he was as good as his word.
Even more, Claudio wanted to win things, and he did just that. In lifting three Italian Super Cups, four Coppa Italia trophies and seven consecutive Scudetti, he helped to rewrite the club’s history books forever.
Moreover, his 389 appearances in the black and white mean he sits 18thin the club’s all-time list of highest-capped footballers.
It’s reported that Marchisio has multiple offers from overseas, several from the MLS including one from Montreal Impact.
Reports from Sky Sport Italia suggest that Juventus have paid Marchisio a sizeable severance payment to help facilitate his departure from the club.
I Principino wrote a heartfelt farewell to the club after 25 years wearing the Bianconeri:
“A thousand thoughts and a thousand images accompanied me throughout the night.
“I can’t stop looking at this photograph and those stripes on which I wrote my life story as a man and a player.
“I love this jersey to such a degree that, despite everything, I am convinced that what is best for the team comes first. Always. On a tough day like this, I cling tight to that principle.
“You are the most beautiful part of this marvellous story, so for that reason, in a few days we’ll be able to say goodbye in a more special fashion.
“After all, 8 is nothing but an infinite gaze that looked upwards.”
Mille pensieri e mille immagini mi hanno accompagnato per tutta la notte. Non riesco a smettere di guardare questa fotografia e queste strisce su cui ho scritto la mia vita di uomo e di calciatore. Amo questa maglia al punto che, nonostante tutto, sono convinto che il bene della squadra venga prima. Sempre. In una giornata dura come questa, mi aggrappo forte a questo principio. Siete la parte più bella di questa meravigliosa storia, per questo motivo tra qualche giorno ci saluteremo in modo speciale. . . . D’altronde l’8 non è altro che un infinito che ha alzato lo sguardo