Del Piero turned down Barcelona and Manchester United to stay at Juventus in his prime, says former agent

The legendary player continues to impress in Turin, and his ex-representatives stated that the 37-year-old rejected moves to Camp Nou and Old Trafford in the past
Alessandro Del Piero's former agent has revealed that the veteran forward turned down chances to join Barcelona and Manchester United during his prime to stay with Juventus.

The striker's current contract with the Bianconeri is expiring at the end of the season, and the Serie A giants have made it clear that the 37-year-old's deal will not be renewed.

However, Claudio Pasqualin has spoken of Del Piero's loyalty to the club, and feels that the striker should be offered to extend his stay at Juventus.

"Del Piero is Juventus," the agent told TMW on Friday afternoon.

"During the prime of his career he rejected Manchester United and Barcelona. He did that for love.

"His future has to be Juventus. I hope that [president Andrea] Agnelli will makes a U-turn on the decision made.

"I hope he can play for another season and then take up a role as a director at the club. Juventus wouldn’t be making a mistake in keeping him.

"That happened with Pavel Nedved too. Del Piero is part of Juventus history and therefore he should also remain," he concluded.

Del Piero scored against Inter in the recent 2-0 Derby d'Italia win over Inter, much to the delight of the Juventus supporters.