Friday December 16 2011
I’m a centre-back, says Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini will be happy to once again be fielded in the heart of the Juventus defence this weekend. “It’s my role.”

The Italian international has been mainly used as a left-back by Antonio Conte in Turin this season, but Leonardo Bonucci’s suspension should see him move over into the middle against Novara.

“I’m ready to return into the centre, but it will be up to the Coach to decide,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the end of the day I consider that to be my natural position and I think I play better in that role,” he added.

“I’m at the disposal of the squad and I’ll be happy to play as a centre-back against Novara.”

Juventus are currently top of the standings with Udinese, two points clear of Lazio and title rivals Milan.

“We have great respect for Milan,” the former Fiorentina player noted. “After all, we know that they are the reigning Italian champions.

“There is a great desire here at Juventus to do well, but we are just taking things one game at a time without thinking about what could happen at the end of the season.”

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