Italian veteran Chiellini eyes 'many more trophies' after joining LAFC

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Giorgio Chiellini confirmed his move to Major League Soccer on Monday, joining Los Angeles FC after winning nine Serie A titles and 11 other domestic honors during his time with Juventus.

The legendary Italian defender was available on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract in Turin.

Chiellini, who turns 38 in August, signed a deal through the end of the 2023 season and could make his LAFC debut when the summer transfer window opens in July.

The center-back won't occupy a Designated Player spot, meaning the club still has one DP space available.

"I felt very strongly about this new chapter in my career, and I am grateful to LAFC for this opportunity," Chiellini said. "I'm thankful for all my years with Juventus, and I'm looking forward to winning many more trophies in Los Angeles."

Chiellini ended his international career following Italy's 3-0 Finalissima defeat to Argentina on June 1. "The thought of being able to play more than 100 games over the course of 18 years, being captain, and lifting an important cup like I did last year at Wembley was the icing on the cake," he said before his 117th and final cap.

"Giorgio's experience will be invaluable to us," LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said. "He is one of the top defenders to ever play, he brings a deep knowledge of the game and an ability to have an impact on our young players both on and off the field. His addition is the perfect supplement to the work we are doing every day."

LAFC's regular center-back pairing during the 2022 MLS campaign has been Jesus David Murillo and teenager Mamadou Fall. The only other European in the squad is Ilie Sanchez, the Spanish midfielder who was developed at Barcelona's La Masia academy.

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