Marchisio: I want to retire at Juventus

The Italy international wants to forge a legacy at his boyhood club to match that of Roma's Francesco Totti, rather than follow Alessandro Del Piero away from Turin.
Claudio Marchisio has stressed that he wants to retire at Juventus rather than follow club legend Alessandro Del Piero and spend the twilight years of his career elsewhere.

Juventus opted against offering Del Piero a new deal in 2012, prompting the legendary attacker to leave the Bianconeri for Sydney after 19 years in Turin.

Although Marchisio was keen to acknowledge the World Cup winner's legacy at the club, he admits he is eager to emulate Roma's Francesco Totti and spend his entire career at the side he joined as a boy.

"Ale [Del Piero] has had a wonderful journey at Juventus that will never be erased from history," Marchisio told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Francesco, on the other hand, has the fortune that he will be able to end his career at the team he loves and I hope to be able to do the same.

"I do not need to be reassured [about my future]. I know that [club president Andrea] Agnelli and [general director Giuseppe] Marotta have faith in me. We are not discussing a contract renewal because I still have three years to go on my contract."

Marchisio, 27, has made over 200 appearances for Juventus since making his official debut in the 2006-07 season.