Monday April 30 2012
Del Piero to say ciao against Napoli

Alessandro Del Piero says he feels as if he can play on for at least two more years – but concedes the Coppa Italia Final against Napoli will be his last game for Juventus.

The 37-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season after the Old Lady announced last October that they would not be renewing his contract.

“When will I retire? I won’t set myself any limits, but I know that I won’t be able to play until I am 60,” he told Rai Tre. “I know that my career is coming towards its end.

“I think I can still do very well for the next one or two years, then we’ll have to consider things on a yearly basis.”

Juventus will play Napoli in the Italian Cup Final on May 20 and the club captain expects it to be his farewell game.

“The way things stand today, that will be my final match for Juventus,” he added. “However, my thoughts are now on the last three League games.”

Del Piero, despite being mainly used as a substitute this term, is still a fans’ favourite at the Juventus Stadium.

“The affection which the supporters show me on a daily basis is incredible and I thank them,” added the former Italian international.

“But, at this delicate moment of the season, all I am thinking about is the pitch.”

Juventus, who signed Del Piero in 1993, are three points clear of Milan with three games remaining.

Juve will play Lecce on Wednesday, then Cagliari and Atalanta.