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Giorgio Chiellini rejected Arsenal offer when 16

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Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini told when at 16 representatives of Arsenal London wanted to lure him to their club from the Livorno academy.

The Turin player shared this exciting story from his youth with French magazine So Foot

“Looking back, I can safely say I was a fool to turn down that offer. I was only 16, I already had experience of playing in Serie C, received a solid offer, but turned it down.”

“I just did not feel ready for that. In addition, if I had accepted, it could have given the impression of betraying Livorno’s ideas.”

However, the Italian defender himself has decided to remain loyal to Juventus Turin, for whom he is spending the 16th season of his career. Chiellini could well name his main opponent from current players: “I have great respect for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We were teammates in my first season at Juve, but I was never afraid to face him. He already had an outstanding ability back then.”

“After his departure, he absolutely became my personal enemy. The best enemy I have had in my career,” summed up Giorgio Chiellini.

The 36-year-old has played 11 games (715 minutes) so far this season for Juventus.