Chiellini Reflects on Future as Finish Line Approaches

Giorgio Chiellini discussed his future in an interview: “Until you are a player, you fully focused on that, and I feel I still am today. There are no alternatives when you do this job. After retiring, I wish to be part of a front office. I would be able to valorize the experience I built over the years and use it in a different context.”

The Juventus defender talked to La Stampa: “I would like to handle things that go beyond the pitch. But I have to study a lot before being ready for that. I know the sport, but it is not enough to be an executive. I am super familiar with everything that goes on at the training center, but I am just superficially aware of what happens at the HQ.”

Chiellini was asked by the Super League: “We need to change the rules and especially the mentality. Even the best ideas struggle to get through. There is too much conservatism, differently from the business world. We fail to take advantage of some opportunities. New things are seen as a threat rather than embraced. We have to re-think the stadiums and make them more family-friendly. It is too tough to build one in Italy. In my mind, the playoffs would add unpredictability and suspense. They would be an extraordinary event that would captivate millions of people.”

According to TuttoSport, Chiellini might not retire, but he will not stay at Juventus. He is eyeing a move to the United States, and not necessarily to the MLS. Or he could take a sabbatical to study and be back behind a desk in a year’s time. The Bianconeri would welcome him with open arms, but he would have to cut his teeth as Pavel Nedved did.