The black and white photo that accompanies this article is apt in the context of veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo’s career.
At times he has seemed to play with a classical style that comes from another era.
And now Juventus appear unready for Pirlo to be part of their past.
There is reportedly a renewed energy in Turin that is being directed towards the issue of Pirlo’s future in the city.
The 34-year-old Italy international has indicated that he plans to play on when his current deal with The Old Lady expires at the end of the season.
Juve are yet to offer Pirlo a contract extension, and if they don’t he says he will seek his football future elsewhere.
"It's got nothing to do with figures and I've never demanded a guaranteed place in the team either," Pirlo said after Italy’s recent friendly draw with Germany.
"All I've said is that I want to carry on playing because I'm enjoying it and I feel good. I still want to play regularly and at a certain level.
"If it's at Juventus or another club, we'll see. Certainly I'm not ruling anything out. I don't yet know how talks over my contract will go. We've got the whole season still to come and there's still time to talk about it."
He may be old, but Pirlo still possesses immense quality and game changing abilities, especially in matches at the highest level.
And so reports in the Spanish media suggest that Juventus are suddenly inclined to sort the playmaker’s future out in their own best interests.