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Andrea Pirlo confirms contract extension is 'close'

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he is close to agreeing a new two-year deal with the club.

The Italian midfielder had been linked with a move away from Turin after his contract expires this summer, but after holding numerous talks with the club's board and officials, he has admitted in a recent interview that a deal is on the table.

The veteran midfielder has struck up a working midfield partnership with both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, and he was keen to extend his stay at Juve after winning yet another Seria A title.

Pirlo revealed in a recent interview that his aim is to stay in Italy and stay on at Juve, but he did admit that he regrets not challenging himself in different leagues throughout his career.

The 34-year-old has only ever plied his trade in Serie A with; AC Milan, Brescia, Inter Milan and now Juve, he also spent two loan spells at Reggina and then Brescia once again.

Since signing from AC back in 2011, Pirlo has been a regular for manager Antonio Conte, and back in the 2012/2013 season, he was voted as Player of the Year by his peers, and he continued that form into this campaign.

Despite being 34, Pirlo is still expected to feature regularly in this Summer's World Cup for Italy, and after shining at the Euro's back in 2012, he will be feeling confident that he can still cut it against the big-boys.

Pirlo scored four times this season in 29 appearances, and he confirmed the news that his intentions are to stay at Juve and admitted that a deal is close to being confirmed.

"More or less we have reached an agreement," Pirlo said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "I hope the announcement will be made in the coming days."

With Pirlo committing his future, there is some doubt over other futures, and one in particular is the manager.

Conte has been linked with a move away from Juventus after three successful years there, but Pirlo is desperate to see him remain at the club past this summer.

"I hope Sunday's game against Cagliari is not Conte's last," Pirlo said. "In three years he has taken us to win three league titles."

Juve end the campaign this weekend needing just a point against Cagliari in Turin to become the first club in Italy to reach the 100-point mark.

"It's an important achievement," Pirlo said. "We have the opportunity to do so and we will not miss this chance."

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