Wednesday April 18 2012
Materazzi stands up for Del Piero

Marco Materazzi says he isn’t shocked by the way Juventus and Alessandro Del Piero are parting ways.

The club captain has admitted that he wants to end his career in Turin, but the outfit noted last October that the player’s contract would not be renewed when it expires in June.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” the former Italy and Inter stopper told Sky Sport Italia. “Gratitude in football has been dead for years.

“Alex could spend 20 years with the same shirt, an historic achievement, but Juventus’ directors have been clear and Del Piero is not stupid.

“I’m still with Alex though.”

Del Piero joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 1993 from Padova and has gone on to win honours galore, as well as breaking club record after club record.

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