It took until the middle of June, but Juventus has now made its first business announcement for the offseason of 2022. And it’s not one that’s likely to get a lot of attention.
Mattia De Sciglio, a veteran fullback for Juventus, has signed a new contract that runs through 2025. That’s not exactly shocking news, since De Sciglio’s new deal had been talked about for weeks and was pretty much a sure thing for even longer than that. But with this news, Juventus has officially taken care of all the players whose contracts were up at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Overall, three of the five big names (De Sciglio, Juan Cuadrado, and Mattia Perin) had their contracts extended. However, two of the big names (Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi) will be leaving for free this summer.
For De Sciglio, this move seems to have been driven more by his manager than by the fact that Juventus needs someone like him on their team for the next three years. We all know that Max Allegri is a big fan of De Sciglio, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the two of them together for a long time again.
And just think about it: De Sciglio was on loan because Andrea Pirlo didn’t want him in his plans for the 2020-21 season. Now, almost a year after coming back from that loan and seeing Allegri hired back at Juventus, he’s staying.
At this point, De Sciglio is what he is. He will be a good backup for whoever ends up being one of the two starting fullbacks for Juventus next season. Unless he is playing Roma, De Sciglio won’t be all that impressive going forward. He will have more of an impact on offense than as a fullback bombing up and down the wings.
But, hey, I guess De Sciglio is fine when it comes to a depth piece. Let’s just hope that’s what he is for most of this new contract. Hopefully. I hope, hope, hope, and hope.