Giorgio Chiellini I did consider leaving Italy

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first_imgItaly captain Giorgio Chiellini admits that he considered retiring from international duty, despite being just four games shy reaching 100 senior capsThe 34-year-old defender is one of several veterans that have remained at the Azzurri following last November’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden.Italy will play their first competitive game today against Poland under new manager Roberto Mancini in the UEFA Nations League.The 53-year-old has called up new rising young stars for Italy and feels that the Nations League provides his youngsters with an opportunity to prove themselves.Now Chiellini is excited to team up with this new crop of young talent and hopes this marks the start of a new beginning for Italy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I did consider a few things and discussed it with my friends,” said Chiellini, according to SportsKeeda.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm the youngsters bring really pushes you on.“During this training camp, there’s been a calm atmosphere, a desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“You can’t leave the national team behind. I hope my presence will never be a problem for this squad.”Italy will face Euro 2016 winners Portugal in their second game of the Nations League on Monday.last_img

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