Monday September 14 2020
Chiellini: 'Hope injuries are over'

Giorgio Chiellini hopes to be fit and healthy for the 2020-21 campaign and shrugs off questions about Luis Suarez coming to Juventus.

The defender is a year on from the torn anterior cruciate ligament that forced him to miss most of the season.

“It was a difficult year on a personal level, as I had hoped that my time dealing with serious injuries was over,” the veteran told Sky Sport Italia.

“What I hope for the new season is certainly good health so that I can help my team.”

It’s a transformed Juventus squad under coach Andrea Pirlo, who goes from teammate to tactician for several of these players.

“It’s going to be a strange and difficult campaign, as there are still the after-effects of the crazy summer and the lockdown. Having said that, we are in good shape and cannot wait to get started.”

Chiellini was asked about the on-going reports Suarez will arrive as a free agent from Barcelona, or at least for a minimal fee.

“Pirlo was clear on that, I have no comment to add.”

Suarez was famously banned in the World Cup for biting Chiellini on the shoulder during Uruguay’s victory over Italy.