Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to sign a new contract with German side Borussia Dortmund in the days ahead.
The Swiss Express has spent seven years in Turin, playing for Juventus and becoming one of just a handful of players to have been there at the start of the clubs renaissance, starting in 2011/12. Over the course of his career, he helped return Juventus to the top of European football and if you check the latest online sports betting odds, you’ll see the Bianconeri among the favourites to lift the Champions League as well as the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in Italy.
Despite a strong start to his Juve career, Lichtsteiner has spent much of the last few years sidelined by injury including undergoing surgery for a heart condition in 2015. The season after, he was left out of the initial Champions League squad following the arrival of Dani Alves on a free transfer from Barcelona and was forced to play a bit part role, only later being included in the second list for the European squad.
The same happened this season with the 34-year-old playing second-fiddle to Mattia De Sciglio and there are suggestions that this might have played a part in him choosing not to extend his stay with the Bianconeri until the end of his playing career.
Tuttosport, among numerous others, have reported that Lichtsteiner was courted by a number of clubs, including French club Marseille and a number of Major League Soccer sides in the US. However, despite the rumours, it’s suggested that he will put pen to paper on a two-year contract with German side Borussia Dortmund.
Tuttosport go on to report that an agreement has been reached between the player’s entourage and the German club, meaning he will likely announce his new club in the weeks ahead, shortly before his Juventus contract officially expires on 30 June 2018.
Lichtsteiner has spent seven productive seasons in Turin, winning the Serie A title seven times in a row under managers Antonio Conte and Max Allegri, as well as three Super Coppa Italia and four Coppa Italia, not to mention making it to two Champions League finals in the last four years.
The Swiss international has fifteen goals in 251 professional appearances for Juventus across all competitions as well as 93 caps for the Swiss national side and eight goals since his debut over twelve years ago in a friendly against Brazil.