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MLS to gain another veteran star as Giorgio Chiellini set for LAFC switch


MLS continues to draw aging star power into its player pool as west coast club LAFC are closing on a deal for veteran Italian international Giorgio Chiellini.

Those claims come courtesy of Goal's Juventus correspondent Romeo Agresti, who early today tweeted that the iconic defender is "one step away" from agreeing to terms with the Los Angeles-based outfit, with an agreement to be finalized in the coming week.

Chiellini is out of contract at Juventus in the summer, and the now 37-year-old will look to wind down a storied career for club and country in one of the more popular destinations for aging European stars over the last 10-15 years.

The Pisa-native has made a combined 670-appearances across all competitions since making his debut for boyhood club US Livorno after coming through the club's academy ranks, making his first appearance in Serie C1 back in 2000-01 before going on to have a stint with Fiorentina and ultimately plying his trade at Juve for seventeen illustrious seasons while making 560-appearances.

Additionally, Chiellini became one of the beating hearts of the Italian national side for 19-years while making 116-appearances.

Across his influence for both club and country, Chiellini netted 23-major honors and is widely regarded as one of the best center-backs of his generation at the very least.

In heading off to MLS, Chiellini adds his name to a long line of top-level players that have viewed the league as a place to wind down their careers. Despite MLS garnering a reputation for developing talented youngsters that are now regularly making their way across to Europe, the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Kaka, and Thierry Henry have all had stints across the pond in the States.

With the allure of spending the twilight of his career in the star-studded city of Los Angeles, there may have not been a better destination for Chiellini to eventually call time on an immense service to football.




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