Juventus have canceled the contract of Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio ahead of the new Serie A campaign.
Marchisio, 32, spent 25 years with the Italian giants, racking up 389 appearances for the club and went on to win the Serie A title on seven occasions.
However, Marchisio was limited to just 20 appearances last season, even after recovering from a severe knee injury.
The Italian midfielder posted a picture on social media of him as a Juventus youth-team player, saying: “I can’t stop looking at this photograph and these stripes on which I wrote my life as a man and a footballer.
Non riesco a smettere di guardare questa fotografia e queste strisce su cui ho scritto la mia vita di uomo e di calciatore.
Amo questa maglia al punto che, nonostante tutto, sono convinto che il bene della squadra venga prima. Sempre. pic.twitter.com/AoNuiiZ2cS
— Claudio Marchisio (@ClaMarchisio8) August 17, 2018
“I love this shirt to the point that, despite everything, I am convinced that the good of the team comes first. All the time.”
As a free agent, clubs would be able to sign Marchisio despite the closure of the transfer window in England.
The Old ladies paid tribute to the player, whose immense contribution at the club brought about most of the success stories in recent times.
“Watching him grow and become, year after year, a man, husband and father filled all of us Bianconeri with a unique sense of gratification,” the club said in a statement announcing his exit.
“Having had the opportunity to accompany him on this path, to discover a homegrown champion, day by day, was quite simply a privilege and an honour.”