Chiellini played the first 17 minutes of a Serie A match against Lazio on Tuesday (AEST), in which Juventus lost a two-goal lead and drew 2-2.
It seemed that the goals in the first half of Dusan Vlahovich and Alvar Morata were scored to ensure that the “Bianconeri” celebrate the “Alliance” swan song of Chiellini – and Pavel Dybala – victory, only when Sergei Milinkovich-Savich equalized after the last hitting the game after Alex Sandra spent through his own net.
The 37-year-old defender, who has won 20 trophies in his incredible career with the Turin giant, has played 392 matches for the club in the Premier League, leaving only Gianluigi Buffon (489) and Alessandro Del Piero (467).
As Juventus are guaranteed to finish fourth in Serie A after a disappointing season that also led to Inter’s Italian Cup final, Chiellini said it was time for the young Bianconeri players “take center stage.
“The decision was made in months, weeks, not days,” he told Sky Sports Italia. “I always said I would like to leave at a high level and I succeeded.
“It was a difficult year for Juventus and for me, but in the matches I managed, I played at my level.
“All this has forced me to leave now, to leave room for the youth. Juventus need to be restarted, and young people need to take responsibility and grow up. I helped some to cut off their wings, now they have to fly alone.”
“I will mourn for them near or far, and I have made that decision with joy and peace.”
The legendary Chiellini has played 25 games for Juventus in all competitions this season, 17 of which have started.
Chiellini will end his career in Italy after a meeting with Argentina at Wembley Stadium on June 1, having won 116 matches so far for a brilliant career at Azzurri.
Helping Italy to glory at Euro 2020 last year, he showed that the March defeat in the World Cup qualifiers from Northern Macedonia affected his desire to move away from Serie A and international football.
“Of course, I wanted to get to the World Cup. It was an obsession after the European Championship,” he added. “Inevitably I can’t play every match, but I wanted to be part of a national team.
“It didn’t go the way we wanted, which hastened my choice. [But] I leave the national team and Juventus in good hands. “
However, Chiellini has no plans to resign, and he is linked to a possible move to the Premier League.
Although he said he had not yet made a final decision on his future, Chiellini hinted that moving abroad would interest him.
“I don’t know. I’m attracted to it, but for 10 years now I have to decide at home,” he added.
“The experience abroad enriches you, I think I need to look a little beyond my life and Juve.