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Wednesday April 26 2017
Giovinco and Pirlo big MLS earners

Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo are among the top five highest-paid players in Major League Soccer.

The MLS Soccer Player Union revealed the figures and there is a strong former Serie A feel to the biggest star names.

Ex-Milan hero Ricky Kaka is at the top of the pile with an Orlando City contract worth $6.6m, which will rise to $7.2m in 2017 with bonuses.

Toronto FC legend Giovinco follows on $7.1m per year for 2017, including bonuses.

Former Roma midfielder Michael Bradley earns $6.5m per year at Toronto FC.

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Friday April 7 2017
Conte: No Pirlo reunion

Antonio Conte insists there is no truth in rumours linking former Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo with the assistant Coach vacancy at Chelsea.

Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins claimed earlier in the week that Conte wanted Pirlo to become his No 2 at Stamford Bridge, with incumbent Steve Holland due to take on the same role with England on a full-time basis.

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Wednesday April 5 2017
Pirlo could be Chelsea coach

Ray Wilkins says Antonio Conte wants Andrea Pirlo to join his Chelsea coaching staff for next season.

The veteran midfielder played under Conte at Juventus, and is currently playing with New York City FC in MLS.

However, he has refused to confirm that he’ll play on beyond the current season, and one Blues legend says he could join the setup at Stamford Bridge.

“I know for a fact he has been around Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions this year,” Wilkins said on TalkSport.

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Saturday April 1 2017
Pirlo admires young Italy side

Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the new Italy midfield coming through and Gianluigi Donnarumma “is the goalkeeper of the future.”

The New York City FC star spoke to Sky Sport Italia after another group of Azzurri were given their senior debuts in victories over Albania and the Netherlands.

“I like this new Italy side, as some really interesting young players are coming through, we’ve got new faces making their mark and they are all impressive,” said Pirlo.

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Saturday April 1 2017
Pirlo wants to play Napoli-Juve

Andrea Pirlo confessed Sunday night’s Napoli-Juventus is “the kind of match you really want to play in.”

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo tomorrow at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“This is going to be a fascinating and delicately-poised game for sure,” the New York City FC midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Quality generation for Italy'

Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the “quality generation” of Italy players coming through, including Marco Verratti, but “Gigi Buffon is still the best.”

The New York City FC midfielder sat down for a lengthy interview with the Corriere dello Sport. You can read the rest here and here.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Allegri problems at Milan'

Andrea Pirlo described his decision to leave Milan after 10 years, finding a new challenge at Juventus and “problems with Max Allegri.”

You can read more on the New York City FC star’s interview with the Corriere dello Sport here.

The midfielder moved on as a free agent in 2011, going on to win another four Serie A titles, but it was a difference of opinion with Allegri at San Siro that prompted him to change.

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Sunday March 26 2017
Pirlo: 'Juve can win Champions League'

Andrea Pirlo believes Juventus can win the Champions League this season, but admits he still feels the “painful” loss against Barcelona.

The New York City FC midfielder sat down for a lengthy interview with the Corriere dello Sport, touching on a number of subjects.

“Juve can win the Champions League. They are up to the level of the others, if not above that. They are more tactically compact and can certainly go all the way.”

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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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