Juventus idol Alessandro Del Piero has spoken of his delight after he signed a new one-year contract with Sydney FC.
Reports yesterday suggested that the 38-year-old would put pen to paper on an extension with the Australian club and that deal is now official.
“It was a big challenge for me, for my family, to take a long trip here and change everything in our life,” he said at a Press conference seven months after his summer arrival.
“My family and I have had a great time here. The weather, the city, everything is good. But first of all, I'm here to play.
“It's a challenge,” he added. “I work to win this challenge and I want to win again next year.”
The option to extend his deal was set to expire on February 28, but Sydney have convinced the No 10 to remain despite interest from American and Brazilian clubs.
Del Piero, who earns around $2m a season, has scored 11 goals in 18 games for the side who are now in with a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
“We are doing well at the moment, but it's not enough,” said Del Piero after the side’s problems at the start of the campaign.
“It's a great moment for me and for Sydney FC. We have six games to go and we have to put our energy into making the play-offs.”