Speaking to Sky Sports, Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed that he held transfer talks with Scottish giants Celtic when he was still playing - on more than one occasion.
The Italian legend said: “Yes, we were in touch, honestly for a couple of seasons. But both of us chose different ways. But yes, I had taken it into consideration to come an play here, because every time I had come to play in Scotland, in the UK, especially in Celtic and Glasgow, I enjoyed. The atmosphere at the stadium was amazing.”
The 40-year-old retired last season, after playing one year with Delhi Dynamos, after two seasons in Australia with Sydney FC.
However, it was Del Piero’s time at Juventus which established him as one of the greatest strikers of the 1990’s and 2000’s, when he scored 290 goals in 705 games for the Bianconeri over a 19-year period.
He won six Serie A titles, one Serie B title, one Champions League title, and was part of Italy’s World Cup winning squad of 2006.
A true great of the game, Del Piero is a legend in Italy, but it could have been that he was playing for Celtic instead of spending the majority of his career with Juventus.
He has confirmed that he held talks with Celtic concerning a transfer, on more than one occasion, due to the enjoyment he had whenever playing in the UK and at Parkhead whilst with Juve.
Del Piero has not revealed when he was approached by Celtic, or how close he actually came to signing, but this is one of those potential signings that will have Bhoys’ fans whetting their appetites at what could have been.