Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he was “silly” to turn down an offer from Arsenal, the Premier League side, when he was 16.
The Italian international has gone on to win 9 Serie A titles with the Old Woman, whereas he has additionally captured 4 Coppa Italias.
And now the 36-year-old player has revealed that Arsene Wenger approached him with an offer to join the Gunners 20 years in the past however refused to stay in Livorno.
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Discuss to So Foot, Chiellini said: “Looking back, I used to be a idiot to reject that offer. I used to be 16, I played in Serie C, I acquired an enormous offer.
“I did not really feel ready. If I had accepted, it could have given the impression of Livorno’s betrayal. ”
Former Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, in the meantime, said back in December that he had tried to influence Wenger to sign Chiellini throughout his time at Emirates Stadium however his request fell on deaf ears.
Van Persie said: “On the moment I felt known as to say what Arsenal might do higher to win the league. I felt we did not have a winning mentality, and I requested Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini.
“I’ve played against it a number of instances, and it is a legitimate winner.
“He’s 36, however he places out 9 elbows each recreation with a smile on his face. He’ll nonetheless smile and by no means get a yellow card. These sorts of winners and killers are wanted by your side. I felt we must always have it. ”