Vialli: Maybe Del Piero's presence intimidates Juventus' other strikers

The Bianconeri's all-time record goalscorer is out of contract in the summer but the club's supporters are now calling for him to be offered a new deal in light of his good form
Gianluca Vialli has suggested that the continued presence of Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus intimidates the club's other strikers and feels that the legendary trequartista's imminent exit might work out best for everybody concerned.

The World Cup winner is out of contract in the summer and Bianconeri president Andrea Agnelli surprisingly announced in October of last year that Del Piero would not be offered a new deal.

The player's scintillating form of late has prompted supporters to start a campaign for their icon to be given a contract extension but the Old Lady are standing firm - and Vialli can understand their stubborn stance in light of the relatively poor return from their other forwards this season.

“It is legitimate for Juve to think of a future without Del Piero," the former Bianconeri striker argued on Sky Sport Italia.

"Maybe his presence scares the other strikers, as they do not feel relaxed and able to give their best.

"Perhaps having such an important man on the bench means they cannot take full responsibility.

“Besides, as far as Del Piero is concerned, it is better to have your departure regretted than have people put up with you.

"It’s best not to one day hear someone say: ‘Oh, when are you going to retire?'"

Del Piero arrived in from Turin from Padova in 1993 and is now Juve's most capped player.