Juventus talisman Federico Chiesa returned to the scoresheet against Genoa on Friday night as Bianconeri drew 1-1. The Italian winger’s first-half penalty opened the scoring at Luigi Ferraris, marking his first goal in Serie A since September.
Chiesa drew the penalty and took it upon himself to convert it as he sought his fifth league goal of the season following a barren two-month run. However, his heroics went in vain as Albert Gudmundsson restored parity early in the second half, rescuing a point for Genoa.
Juventus failed to get away with another uneventful performance this time but still temporarily bridged the gap on pacesetters Inter to a point. Simone Inzaghi’s side can go four clear at the table’s summit with a win against Lazio on Sunday afternoon.
In the meantime, Juventus have a more pressing matter to attend to. According to Calciomercato, the record-time Serie A champions are hellbent on extending Chiesa’s contract. The 26-year-old’s current deal at the Allianz Stadium runs out in 2025.
Discussions between Juventus and Chiesa’s representative, Fali Ramadani, are underway. While negotiations are progressing well, ‘it’s close, but no cigar.’ With showdown talks expected toward the end of December, it’s up to Bianconeri to present a tempting offer.
Chiesa earns around €6 million a year at Juventus. But while he hopes to get a well-earned rise, the club’s intention is to tie him down to similar terms. A long-term extension is on the cards, though it’s more likely he’d pen an improved deal that would keep him in Turin until 2026.
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