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Andrea Pirlo plans Juventus stay

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he plans on remaining at Juventus despite reports linking him with a summer move away from the club.

The Italian midfield linchpin is out of contract at the end of this season, which has led to numerous reports linking him with a move and even a switch away from Italy for the first time in his illustrious career.

The 35-year-old has never played club football outside of his native land, enjoying spells with Brescia, Inter Milan, AC Milan and most recently Juventus, and despite having a brilliant career with all four of his Italian clubs, he has admitted recently that he regrets not testing himself out in other leagues.

Pirlo is quoted by Sky Sports as revealing: "Yes, indeed. I would have liked to try.

"I have had regular opportunities in the past but each time I chose to stay in Italy.

"But we will see what happens in the future. Why not?"

With his contract expiring this Summer, there were reports that Pirlo could make a shock move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly interested in signing the Italian maestro, but with the World Cup just weeks away, the 35-year-old international was adamant that he wants to remain a Juve player and wants to commit his future by signing a new two-year deal.

Pirlo has been instrumental for Juventus in yet another successful season for them, being crowned Serie A champions for the third consecutive season, and the Italian has built quite a partnership alongside impressive midfield-duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, both who are being touted for big-money moves this Summer as well.

Nearing the end of his phenomenal career, Pirlo has managed to pick up 17 trophies during his four spells with Italian side, and has also received numerous individual accolades, which will see him go down as one of the best central-midfielders ever.

The Italian will also be known for his cheeky 'panenka' penalties which he produced magically against England in the 2012 Euros during a nervy penalty-shoot out.

Pirlo has made well over 300 club appearances, as well as making over 100 caps for his country as well, but according to the man himself, he is feeling as good now as he ever has done, and wants to continue playing until he's at least 37.

"I am training every day as well as any other player. I need that.

"My motivation to go on is very strong, simply because I love playing football and having fun on the pitch.

"I have always had fun every day on the training field and every weekend during the matches. I believe that is important. I don't feel any tiredness or weakness.

"I am happy at Juventus and I hope to be able to stay for a few more years."

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