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Chiellini hints at Italy retirement after Turkey friendly

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

Giorgio Chiellini dropped hints he has played his last game in the Italy jersey, according to Football Italia.

‘These lads will write important pages in the history of Italian football.’

The 37-year-old started this evening’s 3-2 friendly victory in Turkey, making his 116th appearance in the Azzurri jersey.

When he was substituted, the Juventus defender took off the captain’s armband, kissed it and put it on the arm of Gianluigi Donnarumma.

He then gave coach Roberto Mancini a warm embrace when leaving the field.

Chiellini dropped more hints on Instagram that his time with the Nazionale is coming to an end earlier than expected, now that they won’t be at the World Cup.

With 116 caps, Chiellini is now joint fifth in the all-time Italy charts alongside Andrea Pirlo, with only Daniele De Rossi, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon ahead of him.

 

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