Claudio Marchisio leaves Juve with heavy heart


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Claudio Marchisio admits leaving Juventus after 25 years is for the good of the team as they prepare for another assault on Serie A glory.

The 32-year-old joined the Old Lady’s youth ranks in 1993 and, having progressed to the first team in 2005, went on to make 389 appearances in all competitions, scoring 37 goals in the process.

The midfielder has also enjoyed 55 outings for Italy and will go down as a Juve legend when the dust settles on his career.

Injuries have seen him take a more peripheral role in recent seasons and it is for that reason why the Turin-born schemer has opted to end his association with the club after a quarter of a century.

“A thousand thoughts and a thousand images accompanied me throughout the night,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I can’t stop looking at this photograph and those stripes on which I wrote my life story as a man and a player.

“I love this jersey to such a degree that, despite everything, I am convinced that what is best for the team comes first. Always. On a tough day like this, I cling tight to that principle.”

The Bianconeri kick off their league campaign against Chievo on Saturday and are 1.25 to start with maximum points while the Gialloblu can be backed at 13.00 and the draw at 6.00.

Having been challenged by Napoli for the majority of last season, the men in black and white picked up a seventh consecutive Scudetto and are 1.44 to make it eight next May.

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