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Del Piero: I never felt useless at Juventus

Juventus attacker Alessandro Del Piero has stressed that he never considered leaving the Bianconeri in the January transfer window, and added that he has always felt useful at the Turin giants this season.

The veteran forward has been struggling to secure regular first team action in the 2011-12 campaign.

However, he played a vital role in Juventus' 2-2 Coppa Italia draw after extra-time against AC Milan last week, while netting in the Old Lady's 2-0 Serie A win over Inter on Sunday as well, and Del Piero is determined to continue his career.

"I have never felt useless this year, and I am not thinking about quitting. I never even thought about leaving in January," Del Piero stated to Rai 2.

The 37-year-old then went on to underline the importance of the Bianconeri's 2-0 Serie A win at home over Inter on Sunday evening, and stressed it was a crucial result in the race for the Scudetto.

The forward netted his side's second goal to effectively put the match to bed, and made it clear that the Old Lady have to keep pushing on in order to be successful in 2011-12.

"Today’s win was fundamental in order to keep Milan in our sights. Now we have to continue with our foot firmly on the gas," he said to Sky Sport.

"We’re in the Coppa Italia final and are four points adrift of Milan. We mustn’t give up if we want to be champions."

Del Piero then went on to express his delight with his individual success in Juve's last two games, and highlighted that he is not thinking about his long-term future.

"I’m happy that I scored in both games, it fills me with pride because they were very important as far as we are concerned.

"My future? The game against Napoli is next up. I want to enjoy this moment and continue to fight in every game."

Juventus remain second in Serie A, trailing leaders Milan by four points.