Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo confirmed last night that he plans to sign a new deal with the Italian champions and snub any lingering interest in a move to the Premier League, telling Gazetta dello Sport that a contract extension has been agreed.
Pirlo's future has been open to debate all season long despite another exemplary campaign in Serie A, with Manchester United and Chelsea both mentioned in connection with a Bosman move for the veteran playmaker this summer.
The 34-year-old's current deal in Turin expires at the end of the season, but Juve are desperate to keep their midfield linchpin and have offered the Azzurri legend a new two-year deal worth around £130,000-a-week.
After months of fine tweaks Juve have agreed a contract with Pirlo according to Gazetta, which will keep a key asset with the Bianconeri until at least 2016.
The former AC Milan maestro's deal is worth a whopping €4m per year, with official confirmation of pen to paper expected from Juve in the next few weeks.
United in particular will now have to look elsewhere in their search for quality additions in midfield this summer, while Pirlo gears up for a trophy assault on three fronts over the next few months.
Juve are still in with a strong chance of completing a Serie A and Europa League double, while the creator will surely play a crucial part in Italy's bid to win the World Cup this summer, with experience of doing just that in 2006.