Andrea Pirlo (©GettyImages)
Andrea Pirlo (©GettyImages).

Andrea Pirlo signs two-year extension

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Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo has put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal at the club, which will see him stay until 2016.

The news was announced on the eve of the World Cup that the Italian midfielder had penned his future to the Serie A champions despite numerous reports linking him with a Summer exit to go abroad.

Pirlo, who has never played his club-football outside of Italy, was very open a few months ago that his only footballing regret had been the fact he's never played for a club outside of Serie A, sparking rumours that he could be on the move this Summer once his contract expired at Juve.

With Premier League side Chelsea interested, it seemed that a move away may be on the cards, however Pirlo then confirmed he would love to stay at the champions for longer as he feels he still has much to offer.

Pirlo has built a successful partnership alongside Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in the midfield and the club are delighted to have secured his future with a new two-year deal.

The 35-year-old joined Juve three years ago after signing from AC Milan, and during that time he has won three Serie A titles and had become an integral part of Antonio Conte's team.

The new deal will see Pirlo playing until he is 37, and it's likely that the curtain will come down on an illustrious career following that.

After securing his future, the focus shifts to Italy at the upcoming World Cup, which starts tomorrow.

Italy get their campaign underway against England on Saturday and a lot of the media have been focusing on Pirlo being the man to stop in the Italian side, with England's Jack Wilshere adamant that if he's stopped, Italy can be beaten.

This will be Pirlo's third World Cup, and after securing his long-term future, he will now be fully focused on seeing Italy through a tough group stage alongside England and Uruguay.

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