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By ESPN Staff

Juve tie Marchisio down to new five-year deal

Juventus have agreed terms on a five-year contract extension with highly-rated midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

The 23-year-old has been one of Juve's star performers this season, breaking into the first team and scoring his maiden Serie A goal in last weekend's 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

Marchisio, who came through the junior ranks at Juve and spent part of last season on loan at Empoli, is now contracted to the Turin club until June 2014.

"I am very happy with the agreement," said Marchisio.

"With this signature I am pursuing my career at a glorious and prestigious club which I consider to be a family."

Juve's sporting director Alessio Secco added: "Claudio is an important element with regards to the strengthening of the squad.

"He is a player of great experience notwithstanding the fact that he has just turned 23."

Claudio Ranieri's Juve sit second in the Italian top flight, six points behind leaders Inter Milan following last night's 2-1 defeat at Udinese.

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