Marchisio leaves Juventus

Midfielder Claudio Marchisio has ended a career-long association with Juventus by agreeing to curtail his contract, due to run until 2020.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio   -  Getty Images

Claudio Marchisio has left Serie A champion Juventus after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 32-year-old midfielder, capped 55 times by Italy, made his first-team breakthrough in 2006-07 as Juve tackled Serie B in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal.

He spent the following season on loan at Empoli and returned to become a first-team fixture in Turin, making a total of 389 appearances, scoring 37 goals.

Marchisio won the first of seven consecutive Scudetti in 2011-12 and also has four winners' medals from the Coppa Italia.

Injury problems have blighted him, however, particularly in the aftermath of a ruptured cruciate ligament suffered in April 2016.

Living a childhood dream

"Today marks the end of Claudio Marchisio's Juventus career following the agreed termination of his contract," read a statement on Juve's official website, in which the club paid a glowing tribute to its long-serving player.

"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."

Friday marks the transfer deadline for Serie A clubs, while Marchisio has also been linked to a potential MLS switch.

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