At Juventus Turin, Giorgio Chiellini (37, middle) was one of the top performers for many years and was a real crowd favorite.

New challenge! Italian European champions Giorgio Chiellini has moved on to MLS club Los Angeles FC after leaving Juventus.

Los Angeles – New challenge! The Italian European Champion Giorgio Chiellini (37) pulls after his Farewell to Juventus to MLS club Los Angeles FC and also thinks about a future as a sports manager.

At Juventus Turin, Giorgio Chiellini (37, middle) was one of the top performers for many years and was a real crowd favorite. © Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

The central defender confirmed this on Monday on his social media channels. A little later, the club made the commitment official.

In a video, the 37-year-old showed himself in Californian club clothes and wrote: “The next chapter.”

“I need an experience abroad to gradually end my football adventure and to prepare for my future. It’s something that has been on my mind for years,” said the defender in an interview with Italian radio station Radio Uno on Monday.

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“When you retire as a footballer, you’re good on the pitch, but off the stadium you need time and patience to learn,” said the 117-time international.

“I believe that this adventure in the USA will help me mentally and that it prepares me for the time after.”

Giorgio Chiellini (37, right) played his last international match for the Italian national team on June 1st.

Giorgio Chiellini (37, right) played his last international match for the Italian national team on June 1st. © BEN STANSALL / AFP

The centre-back is leaving the “Bianconeri” after 18 years, during which time he has won the league nine times and the cup five times. “I could have continued very well as a footballer in Italy, I still have quality,” said Chiellini.

However, he preferred to end his career there now: “In recent years I have managed to find a personal balance that allows me to live everything with a certain serenity.”

There had already been speculation about a move to the MLS. According to media reports, he gets a contract in Los Angeles until the end of the 2023 season.

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In the current season, the team from the previous Bundesliga professional Steven Cherundolo (43), currently leader in the main round of the Western Conference.

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