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As Juve completed the signing of Romanian forward Adriano Mutu, many Bianconeri fans are wondering if this means that Alessandro Del Piero’s future with the Turin giants is at risk.

The former Chelsea player has undeniable talent and based just on that Juventus have made a very good deal in signing him on a free transfer. However he is a hot headed player, both on and off the pitch, something which usually doesn’t go down too well with the Old Lady’s policy.

Mutu will need to be on his best behaviour if he wants to remain in Turin, something which according to experts in the transfer market, might not be for a long time. This is because from the start, Juventus’ main target was not Mutu but Antonio Cassano. Another hot-head, where the only thing that matches his bad boy character are his flamboyant skills.

Whoever Juventus decide to keep will be an excellent purchase as both players have proven themselves in the Italian league. In his last season with Parma, before joining Chelsea, Mutu was Serie A’s best assist man and among the top scorers of the league. Same thing can be said about Cassano who can guarantee both assists and goals apart from the usual red cards.

The situation is still unclear and will most likely be decided next summer. However from this whole story there’s just one certainty: Alessandro Del Piero’s position is jeopardized. The Italian forward’s place within the team has already started deteriorating this season, with Capello deciding to substitute him 11 out of 12 Serie A league matches so far.

In past years the name of Del Piero has been synonymous with Juventus. Even when the Bianconeri’s captain was out of form he would still be played instead of probably more in-form players. His position was untouchable no matter what. However the status quo has changed as Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to have taken that role thanks to his excellent performances so far.

So what will happen once either Mutu or Cassano arrives to Juve? Well on paper Del Piero will most likely still be given his chances to show that he is not a finished player. However if ‘Pinturicchio’ fails to deliver yet again then his Juve career may be coming to an end. With Trezeguet and Ibrahimovic already there, and the arrival of Mutu/Cassano, there really seems to be less space for the now 30-year-old forward.

Del Piero has already received lucrative offers from Japan to join the J-League and might be tempted to end his career there as a first team player rather than on the bench in Serie A. On the other hand, a move to Japan will most likely mean the end of his international career, thus losing the chance of playing in the 2006 World Cup.

The most probable scenario therefore seems to be that of the Juve captain remaining at the club he has been with from the start but might actually consider a move away from Italy after 2006 to end his career on a high and with a good contract.

Until then he might have to watch a lot of games from the bench even though he will still be important to his team, but as Capello clearly made clear, Del Piero is not fundamental to Juventus anymore. He’s just like every other player and his playing time will depend on his performances rather than on his name like it was before.

So for Del Piero these next 5 months are of extreme importance for his career. If he is inconsistent and fails to deliver as in the past, that might be the final nail in his coffin. However if he returns to past glory, then his first team playing time will be justified and Capello will have no reason to substitute him every match as has been the case so far.

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i fear the our captain's place is ruined :sob: :sob:
 

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Talk about stating the obvious ;) :D ...nah good article.
 

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I could have sworn a few of those paragraphs were directly copy and pasted off this forum.

Just kidding. :D
 

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i fear the our captian will retire next season :(

but Zlatan-Mutu, Zlatan-Trez , Mutu-Trez and zalayeta as a bucn is pretty awesome.
 

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Don't I just hate Mutu :wallbang:

Anybody recall this?

"I certainly don't miss Italian football. In England the referees stop the game for 10 to 12 fouls per match. In Italy, (that number is) 60. I prefer the British attitude. Football's a game for men. Then the spectators over here are great - crowds of 40,000 or 50,000 people who support you and never whistle at you. It's not like that in Italy. Over here they appreciate me. You (Italians) only revere Brazilians and Argentines. In Italy, if you're from the East it's a different story."
 

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Anyone remember the part of that interview, where he said maybe he'd get more recognition in Italy if he was called "Mutuinho"? :D

Well from now on i'm going to call him just that, Mutuinho. :shades:
 

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Don't I just hate Mutu :wallbang:

Anybody recall this?

"I certainly don't miss Italian football. In England the referees stop the game for 10 to 12 fouls per match. In Italy, (that number is) 60. I prefer the British attitude. Football's a game for men. Then the spectators over here are great - crowds of 40,000 or 50,000 people who support you and never whistle at you. It's not like that in Italy. Over here they appreciate me. You (Italians) only revere Brazilians and Argentines. In Italy, if you're from the East it's a different story."
Faith, he obviously made some poor decisions along the way. At that point he was at the top of his career, having signed his biggest contract, new club, new league, everything. Then he messed up and got banned for drug use. If you want to hold grudges you can but that doesn't change the fact that he's on our side now, whether we want him or not.
 

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I think that in Italian league there are too many old players wich are in first squad. Vieri and Del Piero can go to Qatar, Japan or Korea for money :) :)
 

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Faith Knopfler said:
Don't I just hate Mutu :wallbang:

Anybody recall this?

"I certainly don't miss Italian football. In England the referees stop the game for 10 to 12 fouls per match. In Italy, (that number is) 60. I prefer the British attitude. Football's a game for men. Then the spectators over here are great - crowds of 40,000 or 50,000 people who support you and never whistle at you. It's not like that in Italy. Over here they appreciate me. You (Italians) only revere Brazilians and Argentines. In Italy, if you're from the East it's a different story."
Let's just hope that all the Italian defenders will remember his words and treat him accordingly ;)
 

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Faith, he obviously made some poor decisions along the way. At that point he was at the top of his career, having signed his biggest contract, new club, new league, everything. Then he messed up and got banned for drug use. If you want to hold grudges you can but that doesn't change the fact that he's on our side now, whether we want him or not.
Of course I never hold grudges, Numerodix. Especially not when they sport a Black & White jersey. It's pretty much like the way I felt about Trez (having scored the golden goal against us at the Euro 2000) and Zlatan (remember Euro 2004?) when I first heard they were coming to Juve. Once they're on the pitch, they're my boys ;)
 

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youd think Cassano was already Juve's by reading this trash( :tongue: jk)....whoever they decide to keep ??? lol...funny...anyways i dont think Del Piero should or will go to Japan, hes far to good to do that..hes still class.
 

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A scenario i was thinking about with the Cassano situation is as such. Cassano has been linked to Real, and i think he would join them before Juve or others in Italy. Moggi has been after and rumoured to a few roma defenders, ie. Mexes and Chivu...has anyone thought that maybe Mutu might replace Cassano at Roma but juve get the likes of chivu and mexes and not cassano and just keep del piero?

just a thought...because Juve and Del Piero are close and it seems strange that all of a sudden they would be looking to sell him or freeze him out as such.
 

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They might have moved on from Del Piero but I smell something here. I don't think everything is going to pan out like it is supposed that there might be a couple trades in the mix. Of course in all likelihood Mutu will stay and Del Piero will be bench warming but I am sure he'll get some time with Trezugeut injured a lot of the time.
 

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What about Trezeguet? He is constantly injured...a great striker no doubt, but he has been more injured over the past few seasons than del piero has. Maybe Moggi is looking to sell him, he was heavily rumoured to other clubs, ie. arsenal and barca last season.

And Zalayeta may want to be a starter at another club instead of being 4th or 5th choice at juve.

But is there room to have Zlatan, Del Piero and Mutu at the club? They are all supportive strikers. Creative type...

Unless Capello is changes formation and gets more offensive, it does seem strange. Mutu being the playmaker behind the two forwards would make sense, but if it the 4-4-2 again, then its very limited.
 

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Del Piero isn't under threat because in recent years Juventus have sold the likes of Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Thierry Henry, Filippo Inzaghi, Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids. However, striker Alessandro Del Piero has never been on sale at any price. Having made his Bianconeri debut in 1993, Del Piero looks likely to remain a one-club man after signing a contract with Juventus until 2008 last season. He is the symbol of the club, the spirit of the team, the player the fans identify with. Like Cappello said there are no untouchables in my Juventus soo Del Piero will be given his chance to shine and I am sure he will. :D

Forza Del Piero :cap:
 

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Baggio was sold due to the rise of del piero. zidane was sold at a record fee and nedved replaced him. Vieri was replaced by inzaghi. henry didnt make it at juve, he was a no one at juve. REalistically thinking, del piero was never under any threat. but now he has zlatan and mutu to compete against, its obviously different this time around.
 

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Del Piero isn't under threat because in recent years Juventus have sold the likes of Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Thierry Henry, Filippo Inzaghi, Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids. However, striker Alessandro Del Piero has never been on sale at any price. Having made his Bianconeri debut in 1993, Del Piero looks likely to remain a one-club man after signing a contract with Juventus until 2008 last season. He is the symbol of the club, the spirit of the team, the player the fans identify with. Like Cappello said there are no untouchables in my Juventus soo Del Piero will be given his chance to shine and I am sure he will. :D

Forza Del Piero :cap:
Does'nt mean anything it proves everyone is for sale,If the coach decides i can't use him and the best alternative is to sell then they will seriously consider.On the forefront it's certainly hard to comprehend such a figure of the ilk of Alex goin elsewhere but you never know.
 

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Don't I just hate Mutu :wallbang:

Anybody recall this?

"I certainly don't miss Italian football. In England the referees stop the game for 10 to 12 fouls per match. In Italy, (that number is) 60. I prefer the British attitude. Football's a game for men. Then the spectators over here are great - crowds of 40,000 or 50,000 people who support you and never whistle at you. It's not like that in Italy."
Until that point he´s right.
 

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Faith Knopfler said:
Don't I just hate Mutu :wallbang:

Anybody recall this?

"I certainly don't miss Italian football. In England the referees stop the game for 10 to 12 fouls per match. In Italy, (that number is) 60. I prefer the British attitude. Football's a game for men. Then the spectators over here are great - crowds of 40,000 or 50,000 people who support you and never whistle at you. It's not like that in Italy. Over here they appreciate me. You (Italians) only revere Brazilians and Argentines. In Italy, if you're from the East it's a different story."
That's where the ref's have to come down on these actors who don't play to the spirit of the game and milk the attention given to them.I'm tired of players showing anti-sportsmanship and I agree I see less of the play acting in England.It's a sad blight on our game when you have these babies trying to cheat.
 
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