By Shikharr Chandra
In an age where money dominated over loyalty, it is hard to find clubs who are keen on promoting their youth players. Juventus have demonstrated this ability time and again with the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Paolo Rossi shining through the ranks for their club and the national team. Another such figure in recent times is the 27 year old Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio.
A product of the Bianconeri youth setup, Marchisio has grown into one of the finest midfielders in Europe over the past few years. Instrumental in the Juventus' success of late, he is one of the standout talents in world football today.
Having donned the Juventus shirt ever since the age of 7, Marchisio has been pretty vocal about his love for the club and has expressed his desire to stay at the Old Lady for the rest of his career. However that constant pledging took a U-turn as the midfielder now finds himself in a very odd situation at the club.
|"There are things to be proud of, but I am not sure if they are true, I have not heard from anyone at Manchester United or Monaco. When I talk with my club everything will become clearer."- Marchisio|
Marchisio has been a vital cog for both Juventus and Italy. Under manager Antonio Conte, he finds himself in a three man midfield comprising of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, which has been touted by many as one of the finest in world football.
Praised by his manager for his excellent display last season, Conte described the 27 year old as "like me, only better". A huge compliment coming from someone who was a legendary figure at the club.
Acting as the link man in the three man midfield, Marchisio's versatility and link up play has been highly rated. His ability to track back and defend as well as initiate attacks have made him one of the finest midfielders.
|Claudio Marchisio stats 2012/13 season
Shots per game- 2.1
Pass success percentage- 83.6
Defensive errors- 0
Total Chances created- 34
*Source: whoscored.com and squawka.com
Marchisio's biggest asset is his ability to play anywhere in the midfield, a trait that has been very well utilised by Conte. Having been deployed in front of the defense, behind the striker, on the flanks, Marchisio is the engine for the Bianconeri.
Although his contribution has been somewhat overshadowed by the presence of his midfield partners, Marchisio's stellar performances have helped his side come back from the brink of defeat, a fitting example could be his outstanding display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge; a game where the Italian side came back from 2-0 down to earn a point. Marchisio was an influential figure in that game setting up both of Juventus' goals.
Nicknamed the Il Principino, Marchisio' loyalty has never been in doubt as he is one of the few remaining players who stood by the club during their relegation to Serie B.
His understanding of the game is one of the primary reasons the Italian has been so highly rated.
His outstanding Euro 2012 performance saw the Italians end the campaign as the second best side which earned him many plaudits.
There is no question that the Marchisio has played a key part in Juventus' success over the recent years but his recent comments could spark a lot of interest from many top clubs, especially Manchester United who need to replace Paul Scholes.
Known as the engine of the team, doing most of the dirty work, Marchisio could be an ideal signing for the English club, who lost one of their finest talents to Juventus in Paul Pogba.
As for Juventus, they do have the aforementioned Frenchman, a talented young midfielder waiting to grasp an opportunity and Marchisio's exit could just offer him the break he needs. But is he at Marchisio's level?
There will be no shortage of suitors for the Italian but a move away from Juventus could be a bad move for both the club and the player. Destined to become the next captain of the club, Marchisio understands the tradition, the culture of the club; something very few players do in modern day football. Letting him go would be unwise for the Turin based club as they look to continue their domestic success as well as challenge on the European front.
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