Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero will remain with Sydney in Australia
By Nadia Carminati & Edwin Chong. Last Updated: February 21, 2013 8:41am
Alessandro Del Piero: Staying in Sydney
Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed he will stay at Sydney FC for another season after agreeing to an extension to his one-year contract.
The Italian has lit up the A-League since his arrival from Juventus last September, scoring 11 goals in 18 appearances for the Sky Blues.
However, it was his impact off the field which had Sydney representatives rushing to complete a deal for one of Australia's most influential sportsperson.
The deal was announced at a press conference on Thursday and also on Del Piero's blog.
"Sydney once again. Now it's official, I have renewed my contract with Sydney FC for one more year. That's what I wanted, and that's what the club wanted. My choice, our choice," the 38 year-old wrote.
"I still have a lot to do in Sydney and I don't want to stop.
"I'm happy to stay in Australia, and my choice apart from football career includes also my life and my family. I just love being here, we all feel at home and really welcomed by this extraordinary country."
A relieved Sydney chairman Scott Barlow is delighted to have finally got his man.
"We are delighted to have him on board," Barlow said.
"Alessandro has unquestionably delivered on all fronts. On the pitch, his class has been on show week in and week out."