Monday December 28 2015
‘It was time to leave Juve’

Andrea Pirlo says ‘Juventus wanted me to stay’ but that ‘it was time for something new’ and praises his relationship with Italy CT Antonio Conte.

The 36-year-old left Turin in the summer to join MLS side New York City FC, but is still targeting a place in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad.

“Juventus wanted me to stay, they didn’t send me away,” Pirlo told

“It was my decision, I had other choices in my mind but decided on this one.

“You get to a certain age where you must make certain evaluations. It was the right time for a change and to have a new experience after four fantastic years and having won all there was to win. I made a life choice in order to learn something new.

“I’ve built a good relationship with Conte, we’ve shared great successes together. Now he’s the CT of the national team, but for us nothing has changed, he knows I’m still playing and can see me every day in the American league.

“The respect and what we’ve shared together will remain forever.”

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