Stephan Lichtsteiner is said to be unhappy with his situation in Turin, so as Chelsea hover, talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more on the player...
Name: Stephan Lichtsteiner
Date of birth: 16/01/84
Birthplace: Adligenswil, Switzerland
Honours: Coppa Italia (2008/09), Supercoppa Italiana (x2), Serie A (2011/12)
International appearances: 50 (Switzerland)
What's the latest?
After being dropped by manager Antonio Conte, rumours began to surface that Stephan Lichtsteiner was looking for a route out of Juventus and though his agent initially insisted he was happy in Turin, he did explain that if an offer came in, the two would give it serious consideration. Chelsea are one club said to be interested and a swap deal with Ashley Cole going in the other direction has been suggested. However, a more likely scenario is Chelsea stumping up cash for Lichtsteiner if Cole decides to take up the offer he is believed to have on the table from French side PSG.
Did you know?
1) Lichtsteiner started out at home town team FC Adligenswil, then moved on to Lucerne for four years before joining the youth ranks of Grasshoppers in 2000.
2) The Swiss player made his professional debut for Grasshoppers during the 2001/02 season and established himself in the first team the following campaign, making 25 appearances in all competitions and winning the Swiss league title in the process. He eventually moved on French side Lille in 2005 and spent three years there before heading to Lazio in Italy's Serie A.
3) Lichtsteiner won a trophy in his first season with Lazio, lifting the 2008/09 Coppa Italia and scoring a penalty in the final shoot-out win against Sampdoria. He also helped Lazio to Italian Super Cup success the following season. Juventus paid just over £8m his services in July 2011.
4) The wing-back scored his first Juve goal on his debut against Parma in September 2011, a goal that has gone down in Juve history as the first league strike in the new Juventus Stadium. In the 2011/12 season, Lichsteiner was a key player for Juventus, playing 36 times in their Serie A winning campaign, which saw them go the season unbeaten.
5) Lichtsteiner was an U21 international for Switzerland, making 30 appearances for the Swiss youth side between 2003/04 and participating in the 2004 European U21 Football Championship. He received his first call-up to the senior side in 2005, but failed to make an appearance and eventually earned his first cap against Brazil in 2006. He has since starred for Switzerland at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, reaching 50 appearances for the national side. He scored his first international goal against Montenegro in 2011, and his second in a memorable 5-3 victory over Germany in 2012.
“Stephan always wants to play, when he's not playing, he's not happy, like all players. I don't think that Chelsea and PSG will advance offers in January, but if a club were to make a proposal to Juventus and they should accept it, we'll talk and evaluate things together.”
- Lichtsteiner's brother and agent Marko.
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