A rare goal from Danilo came at a crucial time for Juventus as they were able to rescue a point away at Atalanta on Sunday evening.
It was just Danilo’s fourth goal for the club and first in over a year, as the Bianconeri kept their noses in front of La Dea in the race for the final Champions League spot in Serie A.
Sunday’s trip to Bergamo had been a difficult one for the Brazilian, who felt the wrath of Jeremie Boga’s magical feet in the first half. However, as the reliable veteran so often does, he steadied himself as the game wore on and was moved to centre-back to close out the contest before delivering the all-important equaliser.
The 30-year-old’s return from a long-term thigh injury is crucial for Juventus down the stretch, and his importance to the Bianconeri is set to manifest in the form of a new contract.
Danilo is heading towards earning a contract extension with Juventus
Danilo signed until 2024 after Manchester City swapped the Brazilian for maverick Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo.
Unfortunately for Danilo, Cancelo has blossomed into a superstar in Manchester which means that his own impressive form since the departure of Maurizio Sarri has been viewed through the prism of the majestic Portuguese international.
Danilo himself has emerged as one of Juve’s most versatile and consistent performers over the past 18 months and the player is loving life in Turin. “I have been around in various countries trying to find a club where I could do my work, be happy, play football, which at the end of the day is what I wanted,” Danilo told DAZN (via Football Italia) after the Atalanta draw. “I found this opportunity at Juve, so this goal means a lot to me.”
The latest from Gazzetta dello Sport suggests the club are ready to open talks with Danilo over a possible new deal. As we noted, his current contract doesn’t expire until 2024 and Gazzetta speculated that the 30-year-old could finish his career with the Old Lady.
Amid Juve’s swiftly evolving rebuilding process, Danilo and Juan Cuadrado, who also looks poised to extend his stay in Turin, are two experienced leaders that’ll be immensely valuable for a Bianconeri side that’s only getting younger.