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Tuesday November 17 2015
Pirlo heading for Turkey?

The President of Turkish side Antalyaspor says that Andrea Pirlo is ‘ready to play eight matches’ for them.

Rumours have circulated recently about where the former Juventus playmaker could head during the MLS off-season, with Inter believed to be interested.

However, a surprise alternative has emerged today as Gulterkin Gencer revealed that Antalyaspor are close to an agreement.

“We spoke with his agent,” Gencer told Calcioturco.com.

“He told us that Pirlo would be ready to play eight matches in Turkey.”

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Monday November 16 2015
Melo: ‘Positive Inter start’

Felipe Melo praises Inter’s “positive” start to the season, and would be willing to do Andrea Pirlo’s running.

The Brazilian joined the Nerazzurri from Turkish giants Galatasaray this summer, reuniting with Coach Roberto Mancini, with whom he worked in Istanbul.

“Regardless of what he did to bring me to Milan, Mancini is a great Coach,” Melo told Fox Sports in his native Brazil.

“He works a lot, and I grew up a lot working with him during the period where we found ourselves together at Galatasaray.

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Monday November 16 2015
‘Pirlo mad for Euros’

Andrea Pirlo ‘has a mad desire to play at Euro 2016’ says Carlo Ancelotti, who advises a return to Milan.

The playmaker’s international future has been put in doubt recently after he failed to make Italy CT Antonio Conte's squad to face Belgium and Romania.

The 36-year-old moved to New York City FC in the summer, but Ancelotti believes he will ‘definitely come back to Italy’.

“I got to talk with Pirlo and understood that he has a mad desire to play at the next Euros,” Ancelotti said to Il Giornale.

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Saturday November 14 2015
Italy lacking midfield depth

Following an average performance that saw Italy lose out to Belgium, it is evident that the midfield is Antonio Conte’s biggest worry ahead of Euro 2016, says George Rinaldi.

It all started so well for the CT, with Antonio Candreva poking home an early goal following Simon Mignolet’s parried shot from Graziano Pelle. The constant questions regarding Conte’s squad choices ahead of the match, and his starting XI were almost obliterated after just three minutes.

The cracks began to show however, and the main source of the problem, other than a torrid showing from Leonardo Bonucci that led to the Azzurri squandering the early lead, was the midfield.

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Friday November 13 2015
‘Pirlo could win Inter Scudetto’

Former Inter Coach Mircea Lucescu believes Andrea Pirlo could help the Nerazzurri to the Scudetto.

The Beneamata have been linked with the New York City FC midfielder, though the player his former club Juventus have denied a move will take place.

“Could Pirlo make Inter Scudetto contenders?” Lucescu considered in an interview with FCInterNews.

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Thursday November 12 2015
Morata: ‘Juve miss Pirlo, Llorente’

Juventus’ Alvaro Morata says they ‘miss Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente’ and that ‘I’m not playing in my ideal role.’

Pirlo left for New York City FC in the summer and Llorente joined Sevilla, and the Bianconeri have struggled for form in the early parts of the new campaign.

Morata spoke of their influence and also the ongoing debate around the possibility of a return to Real Madrid.

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Wednesday November 11 2015
Chiellini: 'Juve can win Scudetto'

Giorgio Chiellini is confident “Juventus can still win a fifth consecutive Scudetto” and doubts Andrea Pirlo will join Inter.

The defender is on international duty for Italy’s friendlies against Belgium and Romania.

“I think this Italy squad has everything it takes to become great. The first two years with Cesare Prandelli were very positive thanks to a fine group.

“Unfortunately, some mistakes were made and with great regret the World Cup in 2014 was not up to standard.

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Wednesday November 11 2015
‘Juve defenders an example’

Juventus’ contingent of Italy defenders are ‘points of reference for young players’, says Sampdoria’s Lorenzo De Silvestri.

The full-back praised Giorgio Chiellini, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli during today’s Press conference, as well as the snubbed Andrea Pirlo.

Italy face Belgium in Brussels for an international friendly on Friday.

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Wednesday November 11 2015
De Rossi, Pirlo risk Euro snub

New York City FC’s Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi of Roma risk a Euro 2016 snub from Italy CT Antonio Conte, say reports.

Corriere della Sera writes today that Pirlo and De Rossi are the two players who are most vulnerable to be excluded from Conte’s squad for the tournament in France next summer.

The newspaper reports that the two midfielders aren’t considered shoe-ins for the team anymore, and that they could be excluded in favour of younger players.

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Tuesday November 10 2015
Montolivo ‘hopes Pirlo is with Italy’

Milan's Riccardo Montolivo says he ‘hopes Andrea Pirlo is part of the Italy team’ after the New York City FC player was snubbed by ntonio Conte.

Conte suggested yesterday that Pirlo’s time with the national team may be up, but Montolivo told the media today that ‘we are talking about an incredible player.’

The Azzurri face Belgium on Friday in Brussels for an international friendly.

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