'I am here to start a new career' - Del Piero lands in Sydney

The former Juventus striker is looking forward to starting afresh in the A-League, and has denied that he has moved to Australia to end his playing days
Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has landed in Australia ahead of his move to Sydney FC, and is looking forward to a new chapter in his career.

The veteran's deal with the Bianconeri expired at the end of last season, and after a month of speculation, he eventually chose to ply his trade in the A-League, and the former Italy international was quick to deny that he had made the move to the Sky Blues for a final pay day before retiring.

"I am not here for the end of my career. I am here for the start of a new career," he told reporters at the airport.

"I know there is a lot of expectation, and I love that. All my life I played to win and I'm here to win. [I'm not here] to pass the time or stay healthy with my family. I'm here because I want to win."

While Del Piero has not played a competitive match since the Coppa Italia final in May, he is confident his fitness levels are good with the start of the A-League less than three weeks away.

"I've been training for two months with my personal trainer and a young team in Italy," he revealed.

"I've done everything I can to stay in good condition. Now I need to join the team, to get to know the players and the coach and work out what he needs."