Juventus director Beppe Marotta is “very proud” to see Giorgio Chiellini become the new Italy captain.
The defender wears the armband in tonight’s UEFA Nations League clash with Poland at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.
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“There are many Juventus players all over the world on international duty and that is reason to be proud,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“A new era begins for Italy and we hope with good results, because that is the most important thing.
“We are very proud that Chiellini is the captain of this Italy, as it often happens that a Juventus player wears the armband for the Nazionale.”
Coach Roberto Mancini complained that there are too many foreign players used in Serie A at the moment.
“I don’t think their presence is the problem, but we do all need to focus more on the formation and innovation at youth level.”