Italy star Andrea Pirlo would welcome the opportunity to play alongside Chelsea star Frank Lampard at Juventus, calling him 'one of the best central midfielders in the world'.

The England international is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, as the west London club have not offered him a contract extension.

But Pirlo thinks the European champions are making a mistake by getting rid of the 34-year-old England midfielder.

Speaking to a US television show, and quoted in the Daily Mail, Pirlo said: "I can only make comment on what I see.

"And from what I see, Lampard is still one of the best central midfield players in the world."

And Pirlo, a year younger than Lampard, admitted he would welcome the Chelsea star with open arms at Juventus.

"If he wanted to try at playing in Italy, I would welcome him at Juventus for sure. In Italy, Frank would comfortably have another four years at the top level."

Pirlo enjoyed a sensational 2012, winning the Serie 'A' title with Juventus, and helping Italy to the Euro 2012 final, and the 33-year-old was shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or award.

Lampard's 12-year association with Chelsea could come to an end after this season, after a similarly successful 2012 - the former-West Ham star won the Champions League and FA Cup last year. The Blues midfielder has not been offered a new contract, and is free to begin negotiations with rival clubs from January.

Lampard has helped Chelsea to three Premier League titles, four FA Cup victories and one Champions League triumph in his time at Chelsea so far.

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