Federico Gatti took another step on his rise from amateur football and manual labour on Wednesday after renewing his Juventus contract until 2028.
In a short statement Juve said that Italy international Gatti had signed a new deal “until 30 June 2028” which according to Italian media is worth 1.5 million euros a season.
The 25-year-old worked as a bricklayer and in other blue collar jobs while rising up through the divisions, only becoming a professional player three years ago in Italy’s third tier.
“Every morning on my way to training I pass by the house where I grew up and where my family and my grandfather lived,” said Gatti.
“Passing by it makes me think back. I was 20 years old when I started leaving home for football and I never thought I would come back to Turin.
“But instead I did come back, to Juve, every day is a dream.”
Juventus bought Gatti in January last year from Frosinone, then in Serie B, and he has since established himself as a first-team player, making 27 appearances in all competitions last season.
This term Gatti, who has two international caps, has started six of Juve’s nine league matches, scoring in the 2-0 derby win over Torino earlier this month.
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