Del Piero extends A-League stay
Former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero has re-committed to the A-League, signing a one-year extension with Sydney FC on Thursday.
Del Piero moved to Australia last year after spending 19 years in Turin, during which time he won six Serie A titles, one Champions League trophy and a World Cup with Italy.
The forward has starred for the Sky Blues in a campaign marred by injuries within the team and, after scoring 11 goals in his first 18 games in the A-League, Del Piero says he was delighted to extend his stay.
"I'm really happy about this news, it’s a great moment for me and for Sydney FC," Del Piero explained.
"I want to say thank you for trusting me. It’s the same for each other because, me too, I want to trust Sydney FC.
"For sure it's good here; the relationship with the club, and there’s a time for every single situation. I think this is the right time to make this decision, to trust each other for the future, to build a better team to get more victories for our fans."
Sydney FC currently sit in fifth position following a mid-season revival under new coach Frank Farina. The Sky Blues had spent much of the first half of the campaign at the bottom of the table, but Del Piero insists they must strive toward achieving more in the finals series.
"Now we are in a good position, but it is not enough," he said. "We have six games remaining and we have to push our energy to a take a play-off (position)."
The 38-year-old also revealed former Juventus team-mates have made contact with him regarding a stint in the A-League, and he would be happy to see more high-profile players move to Australia from Europe.
When asked if players will follow his lead, he said: "Probably. After I came here, in Italy there is a lot of interest (in the A-League), more than before. Some friends of mine have called me, and also (chief executive) Tony (Pignata), to understand. But I don’t know what is happening with other teams.
"But I hope some good players come from Italy or from outside of there. A good player is always welcome, we say in Italy."