Di Vaio: “Juventus without Del Piero does not exist”

Ahead of the match between Juventus and Bologna, Marco Di Vaio has spoken to Turin newspaper La Stampa of his time at Juventus and the Old Lady’s symbol – Alessandro Del Piero.
The Juve legend is out of contract at the end of the season and although talks are ongoing there is a current disagreement between the Club and player regarding financial worth. Ex-Juventino Di Vaio is adamant i Bianconeri need Pinturicchio.
“Let’s not kid ourselves: A Juventus without Del Piero does not exist. If Juve want to return to winning ways they can do so only with Del Piero in the squad. He still has plenty to offer. It’s not just the economic factor, it is more than that – it is his presence around the Club.”
Di Vaio spoke of his time in Turin, where he found playing time limited during his two-season stay because of competition from the likes of Del Piero. Despite a Scudetto during his time there (2002/03) it was minutes on the pitch he most craved:
“When I went to Juventus Alessandro was 30-years-old and I was 28. He was in the best form of his career. For me it was not enough to play only for a few minutes off the bench. In the second year I played more and felt important when Ale was out with injury. When he came back I returned to the bench and I was not happy with that. However, I understood he was a fundamental player and virtually untouchable.”
Despite finding his playing time limited when together, Di Vaio had kind words to say of tomorrow night’s opposing captain: “With him [Del Piero] I had a great rapport. You are talking about a leader, an incredible professional and a great man. He is a symbol and has done everything in the name of Juventus.”

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