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Monday March 20 2017
Pirlo: ‘Juventus can beat Barcelona’

Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus can beat Barcelona, as the sides are different to the Champions League final of 2015.

That match proved to be the midfielder’s final appearance in a Bianconeri shirt, as Barça took a 3-1 win in Berlin.

“It will be a different tie compared to two years ago,” Pirlo predicted, speaking to Sport.

“Juventus have changed and this is a different Barcelona. In addition, they’re not playing a final this time, but two games over 180 minutes in which I think we’ll see some good football.

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Tuesday March 14 2017
Pirlo: ‘Juventus will keep winning’

Andrea Pirlo believes “Juventus will continue to win for many years” and has sympathy for Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder left the Bianconeri in 2015, moving to MLS side New York City FC, and was asked by Gazzetta dello Sport’s Extra Time if he regretted the decision.

“I really miss games like Juventus-Milan,” Pirlo, who played for both clubs, said.

“Also Champions League games, they’re beautiful to play at any age. But I made a choice in July 2015 and I’ve never regretted it.

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Monday March 13 2017
Pirlo: De Sciglio handled, but…

Andrea Pirlo claims Mattia De Sciglio did handball during Juventus-Milan last week but admits that sometimes “penalties like these aren’t given”.

Davide Massa’s decision to award Juve a last-ditch penalty and subsequent winner against Milan proved hugely divisive, but Pirlo maintained De Sciglio’s hand “was there”.

“Penalties like these are given and aren’t given, but [the referee] gave it and the hand was there,” the two sides’ former midfielder told Tuttosport.

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Tuesday March 7 2017
Pirlo: ‘Verratti is Italy’s future’

Andrea Pirlo agrees that Marco Verratti is “the future of Italian and European football”.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is one of the best midfielders in Europe, and is seen as the heir to Pirlo.

“Verratti is a very good player,” the 37-year-old said in an interview with L’Équipe.

“He is and will be the future of Italian and European football for the next 20 years.

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Tuesday March 7 2017
Pirlo: ‘I’ll stop soon’

Andrea Pirlo confirms “I’ll stop soon” as it’s better to retire “when you decide, not when others tell you to”.

The former Juventus, Inter and Milan midfielder is now 37, and has just one year left on his contract with MLS side New York City FC.

“I haven’t really decided yet what I’ll do after my career,” Pirlo admitted, speaking to L’Équipe.

“I need to think about what’s best for me, whether that’s to be a Coach or a director or something else.

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Sunday February 19 2017
Pirlo to be Juventus ambassador

Andrea Pirlo will return to Turin as Juventus brand ambassador after he hangs up his boots at New York City FC, it’s reported.

Sunday’s edition of Tuttosport has the Bianconeri comeback as its front page story.

It is suggested Pirlo never truly cut his ties with Juve and is already making plans for a reunion.

It’s not yet clear when this will be, but the moment Pirlo decides to end his playing career in Major League Soccer, he’ll be heading to Turin.

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Thursday January 26 2017
Vieira: 'No Khedira to MLS'

New York City FC Coach Patrick Vieira confirms Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira “doesn’t have any intention of coming to MLS at this time.”

There were reports the German international could follow Andrea Pirlo to New York and Major League soccer.

“There is nothing I can say because he’s not one of the players we are targeting,” Vieira told reporters today.

“He’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and he doesn’t have any intention of coming to MLS at this time.”

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Wednesday January 18 2017
Pirlo: 'Bright Milan future'

Former Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo sees a bright future for the Rossoneri, thanks to Vincenzo Montella and his squad of young Italians.

The 37-year-old had already revealed his future after football and talked about the strengh of the MLS, and went on to discuss matters in Italy.

Has Pirlo heard anything about rumours of Sami Khedira joining New York City from Juventus?

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Wednesday January 18 2017
Pirlo: 'MLS no easy ride'

New York City FC star Andrea Pirlo warns those who 'are looking for an easy ride' to stay away from the MLS.

The former Juventus midfielder spoke about the growth of the sport in the US after having revealed that he will stay in football after retirement.

"On the pitch it is serious, if someone is looking for an easy ride, they are in the wrong place, the 37-year-old told La Repubblica.

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Wednesday January 18 2017
Pirlo: 'Football is my life'

Andrea Pirlo reveals he will remain in football after retirement, adding 'football is my life'.

The MLS star has not yet decided when he will stop playing, but confirms he 'still has a lot of passion' for the game.

What are the midfielder's plans going forward?

"Sunday I have a meeting in New York City, then I will go on holiday in Florida," Pirlo told La Repubblica.

"It is my last season? We'll see. For now I have this and I want to enjoy it. I hope to finish well, then I'll see how I feel.

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