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Cannavaro big fan of Juventus defender Chiellini

Retired Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro regards Juventus stopper Giorgio Chiellini as his heir.

Cannavaro had no hesitation in naming the player he thinks will fill his shoes both for Italy and Juventus.

"Chiellini is a great player and I'm hardly the first to point that out. He is physically strong and still young, so he can achieve great things in the Nazionale. We've got to invest in our youth academies to help lads grow."

The veteran defender will stay at Al-Ahli as a consultant, but admits he will return to his homeland.

"Italy is my future, but there is no rush. In life it's important to travel and my family is very happy in Dubai. It's a fabulous place and the club offered me a three-year contract as a director.

"Juventus? I still have to evaluate some things. They changed the structure of the club hierarchy, but you never know what will happen tomorrow."

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