United and Chelsea target's contract talks put on hold

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Speculation over the future of Andrea Pirlo has hit new heights as Juventus have put contract renewal talks on hold, according to Goal.

It has emerged over the last few days that the Italian legend could be set for a move to the Premier League as Juventus have stalled over offering him an extension to his current deal which expires at the end of the current season.

And rather than play down talk of the midfield maestro leaving the club, Juventus bosses have said that they are in no rush to tie him down to a new contract.

General director Giuseppe Marotta has indicated that the club are willing to wait until the new year to re-start negotiations with Pirlo, but will only do it when they see fit.

"Pirlo's contract? We have held talks and are calm about it. We have decided to continue negotiations in February or March," Marotta said.

Chelsea and Manchester have expressed interest in signing the 34-year-old, who remains a very capable player despite his advancing years, and it could be that he opts to finish his career in the Premier League should he become surplus to requirements in Italy.

It is thought that Real Madrid could be another potential destination, with Carlo Ancelotti having worked with Pirlo during his stint as AC Milan manager.

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