Del Piero pledges future to Sydney FC

Speculation had mounted that the Juventus legend was ready to call time on his spell with the A-League basement boys once his one-year deal expired, but he insists he will stay put
Alessandro Del Piero has ended talk that he could leave Sydney FC in January by committing his future to the club.

The 38-year-old penned a one-year contract worth 1.5 million euros with the Australian side in the summer after he opted to end his 19-year association with Juventus and has since scored five goals in 10 matches - one of which was crowned's Goal of the Week.

However, his arrival has not impacted positively on Sydney's fortunes, with the team sinking to the bottom of the A-League after just three wins all season, leading to speculation that the forward may decide against extending his deal, but he claims this is not the case.

"Everything is clear for me and the club," Del Piero told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday. "I'm not finding [our recent slump] stressful. I want to put all of my knowledge and heart into matches."

He insists that he has had a "good time" in Australia and allows his brother, Stefano, to deal with his contract situation.

"At the moment the best thing for me, the club, my teammates and everyone here is to concentrate on the games ahead," Del Piero said.

"We have to put all of our energy, mentally and physically, into games. I'm really enjoying it here. Now we have to win a couple of games for more enjoyment."

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