Juventus are willing to open contract talks with Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo, according to Sky Sports.

34-year-old Pirlo, who joined the Serie A champions after leaving rivals AC Milan in 2011, is a pivotal member of the first-team setup in Turin with his unrivalled vision and staggering array of passing, but has been linked with a move away from the club of late with his current deal due to expire in the summer.

Premier League title chasers Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea have all been linked with approaches for the talented World Cup winner, along with La Liga giants Real Madrid.

However, it appears as if Pirlo's current employers are keen to retain the services of one of their most-prized assets, with the club's general manager lavishing praise upon the playmaker - drawing flattering comparisons between him and French icon Michel Platini - and insisting that Juve are open to talks over keeping him.

"Who in the current Juventus side is most similar to (Michel) Platini? Andrea Pirlo, as a player and as a man," Giuseppe Marotta was quoted by Sky Sports.

"His contract? With Andrea there are excellent relations and Juve is wide open to dialogue. We'll talk about it."

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