Chiellini closes in on new deal

Giorgio Chiellini is set to sign a two-year contract extension

with Juventus in the next few weeks, the Turin club confirmed.

The Italy international’s current deal expires in June 2012 and

Real Madrid were among the top European clubs keen to acquire

Chiellini’s services this summer.

A statement from the club read: “The club executives met with

Giorgio Chiellini.

“The two sides are very close to reaching an agreement for a

contract renewal.

“The details of the deal will be revealed in a few weeks’

time.”

The 26-year-old centre-back has been a regular since joining the

Bianconeri in the summer of 2005 from Fiorentina.

Last season, Chiellini was named Serie A Defender of the Year

for the second time running for his solid performances.