Del Piero extends Juve deal
Alessandro Del Piero has extended his contract with Juventus for a further year until 2011.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 17/07/09 2:18pm
Alessandro Del Piero has extended his contract with Juventus by another year, with the new deal set to run until 2011.
The 34-year-old has become a cult figure at the club since signing from Padova in 1993.
In the 15 seasons that have followed the Italian has managed to score 263 goals in 617 games for the Old Lady, winning numerous honours in the process.
Del Piero has been rewarded for some sparkling form over the past four seasons in particular, with the forward averaging 22 goals in all competitions.
"I can confirm my happiness and my pride with this agreement and to be here for a further year," he said.
"It's a great motivation for me as I have always worked hard and I have the will to do my best.
"I am at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and I am delighted. It was a quick deal I want to turn more pages with the club.
"I hope I can continue to play well. I was hoping for the renewal and I was expecting it as I know the deep will of this club to be first and I thought there would be no problems with the renewal and I have always had trust from the club."
World Cup hope
Del Piero also played down rumours that he will retire at the end of his new contract and spoke of his determination to make Marcelo Lippi's squad for the World Cup in 2010.
"Will I retire after 2011? No, I will be here then like I am now and we will see what happens when we get to that stage," he added.
"The World Cup? I have not heard from Lippi. It would be nice going to the World Cup as it would mean I would have had a good season and I would have the chance to defend the trophy with my national side, but it's Lippi's decision."