Del Piero in new Juve vow
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alessandro Del Piero has reiterated that he has no qualms about playing in Serie B.
Alessandro Del Piero has reiterated that he has no qualms about playing in Serie B for Juventus this season.
The Italy international is one of several big-name players to have stayed in Turin following the club's relegation for match-fixing.
Though Juventus have tried to appeal against the verdict to secure a return to Serie A, they have now given up on that avenue.
Instead, the Old Lady are hoping to have a 17-point penalty reduced as they look to climb out of Serie B at the first attempt.
Del Piero has been forced to contend with accusations that he only pledged his commitment to Juve because he believed the club would earn a reprieve.
But the Juve icon has rubbished those rumours and insists he is happy to be sticking with Didier Deschamps' side.
"I must state that staying at Juve, for me, has been a decision not bounded to the results of the verdicts that we were waiting for," Del Piero told La Stampa.
"Today I know we will play in Serie B and my choice is more determined.
"I'll face this league with the pride and will I have always shown.
"It's time to roll up our sleeves."