Wednesday April 18 2012
Vialli: 'Juve scared of Del Piero'

Gianluca Vialli believes Juventus have done the right thing in letting Alessandro Del Piero go. “His presence scares the other strikers.”

The captain’s contract expires in June and the club does not seem likely to bow to fan pressure for an extension.

“It wasn’t a low blow. Perhaps Del Piero announcing a year ago that he’d sign a blank contract rather surprised President Andrea Agnelli,” Vialli told Sky Sport Italia.

“It is legitimate for Juve to think of a future without Del Piero. Maybe his presence scares the other strikers, as they do not feel relaxed and able to give their best. Perhaps having such an important man on the bench means they cannot take full responsibility.

“Besides, as far as Del Piero is concerned, it is better to be regretted than have people put up with you. It’s best not to one day hear someone say: ‘Oi, when are you going to retire?’”