Juventus Change Their Mind on Future of Aging Defender

Alex Sandro was largely rumored to be on his way out at the end of the season, as his current contract with Juventus expires in June. However, that may not be the case, as the Bianconeri are considering picking up their option to tack on one more year, Sky Italy relays.

The clause will come into effect once he has played 50 percent of the seasonal matches. That will soon be the case since he has been a regular. The club can get out of the deal with €1.5/2M compensation, but they are leaning toward keeping the veteran. They did the same thing with Juan Cuadrado in 2021/2022.

Alex Sandro joined Juventus from Porto in a €26M move in 2015. He has starred in 299 matches while in Turin so far. He’s the third-highest-capped foreigner in the history of the club behind Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet. The 32-year-old is on track to overtake the two legends, who have recorded 327 and 320 appearances respectively.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady won’t open talks with his entourage to discuss a longer contract. The Brazilian has proven reliable as a braccetto in a three-man defense once they committed to 3-5-2. In addition, he’s a precious locker room presence.

Our Take on Juventus and Alex Sandro

He’s been okay as a center-back, but that shouldn’t prevent the Bianconeri from going after a young stud in such role. Everything has been quiet on that front lately, though. If they do retain him, that means that they are bracing for a very lean summer economically-speaking and that Massimiliano Allegri will stay in charge.

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