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He stays, for the MLS star soccer is his world and his future

By Hector Garcia

He stays, for the MLS star soccer is his world and his future

On the same day that news appears about Giorgio Chiellini's retirement, they have published an interview with the Italian center back discussing topics such as his health and his future.

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He need some rest. I will return to Italy and then make a final decision. These were the words of Giorgio Chiellini after Los Angeles FC's defeat in the MLS Playoff final. The 39-year-old center-back ended his contract with the Californian team at the conclusion of that match against Columbus Crew. Despite the club's renewal proposal, the veteran Italian player is torn between retiring and continuing for another year.

This same Tuesday, however, the information coming from Italy is more than clarifying. According to journalist Romeo Agresti, Chiellini would have already decided to end his long career as a footballer before reaching his 25th season as a professional. In the midst of this enormous commotion, The Guardian has published an interview with the defender, reviewing several key points in his life and career.

The club is with me but I still have doubts, said Chiellini after the first and most important question, which dealt with his continuity. He has to understand what to pay attention to his head, his heart or his leg, he said in reference to the different damage caused by age and physical demands.

Despite the more than possible officialization of his retirement, the Italian has one thing clear, he will continue to be linked to football in one way or another. I never think of a life without something related to football. Football is my world and my future, said Chiellini, still excited to continue his career, even if it is in a different way.

United States, in the mind of Chiellini

Although it has not been clarified whether the centre-back's intention in the future is to make a career in the offices or on the bench, the topic of business and business is always tempting for him. Graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Turin, Chiellini has always had that need to train since it was a challenge and he loves it. He has the need to improve every day.

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