Claudio Marchisio: "Benzema was very close to Juventus"

The former Juve midfielder said the French striker, unhappy at Madrid a few years ago, was close to joining the club.

Since choosing to retire, Claudio Marchisio has devoted himself to various interests that do not necessarily coincide with the world of professional football. One of them is futsal, a sport that has been developing in Italy in recent years. The former midfielder particularly appreciates this sport for its superior technicality.

Interviewed by the Youtube channel 'Cronache di Spogliatoio', Claudio Marchisio also admitted to being very attracted to futsal for its unpredictable dynamics. "It's a game where there is a lot of head to head, exactly what we are so passionate about in football. We all have a soft spot for this player who can invent a dribble."

"In five-a-side football, it's always like that, it sometimes happens that even the goalkeeper plays the striker. Because of the knee, I haven't yet had the courage to train, the pace is really exceptional", has thus analyzed the former Squadra Azzurra, which has therefore found a new sport to rebuild itself far from the field.

"At that time, Karim was not doing very well at Real"

In this same interview, Claudio Marchisio took the opportunity above all to slip in information about a certain Karim Benzema, a French striker for Real Madrid. According to him, the White House striker, in sparkling form in recent months, came close to joining the Old Lady a few years ago.

"He's a great player. I think Benzema was very close to Juventus the year Ciro Ferrara coached the team. At that time Karim was not doing very well at Real, although not at all. It's a shame, given that after the farewell of CR7, he is the only one to score, "said the former player, who appreciates the profile of KB9.

Finally, the French stayed in Madrid where he has chained goals since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who for his part decided to join the Italian Champion. Regularly decisive in Serie A, the Portuguese is still far from retirement, despite his 36 years, but struggles to live up to expectations in the Champions League.