Del Piero nears Juve decision

Veteran wants to extend 18-year association with Italian giants

Del Piero: Eager to stay on

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Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero believes he is close to deciding on his future beyond this summer.

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The veteran striker is out of contract at the end of the season after 18 glorious years with the Serie A side.

Since joining from Padova in 1993, Del Piero has gone on to become Juve's highest-ever goalscorer and make the most appearances for the club.

While talks are ongoing over an extension for next season, the 36-year-old insists he is not taking a new deal for granted.

But the 2006 World Cup winner is eager to stay with the Bianconeri and reckons a decision will soon be reached on whether he will remain a Juve player.

"Things depend on the two parties," he told Sky Italia.

"I think everything will be decided in a short time and there will be an announcement from the club.

Talks

"There is open and clear dialogue but at this moment anything can happen.

"I am not certain of staying, otherwise I would already have a contract, but my priority is certainly Juventus.

"They have been my history and I don't think I'd be able to play for another Italian side, so I hope to find an agreement to stay.

"I also hope Francesco Totti will end his career at Roma because he's a Giallorossi symbol."