Friday December 15 2017
Barzagli: ‘No Italy return’

Andrea Barzagli rules out returning to the Italy fold, except for possibly a farewell match.

The 36-year-old announced his retirement after the failure to reach the World Cup, but he was asked by Sky if he’d refuse if the new CT asked him to return.

“Honestly I think I’ve done my time as a player for the Italian national team,” Barzagli replied.

“So it’s right to leave. The only way I could possibly be open to it is a farewell match, but honestly I’m not even the type for that kind of thing.

“I think it’s right to start with a younger national team now, and we have the time for them to grow.

“So let’s hope there’s a revolution, but done in a sensible way.”

Barzagli has come on as a substitute six times in Serie A this season, does Juve’s depth at the back give him more chance to rest?

“Clearly due to my age I can’t play every game. So it’s normal to be rested sometimes. It’s a psychological thing, for me at least.

“Then we have a lot of quality at the back, and there’s trust in everyone. You can see the results, everyone who plays is playing well.”

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