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Pirlo deal in Juventus' plans

Juventus consider Andrea Pirlo to be integral to their future plans and are willing to hold contract extension talks.

Last Updated: 10/10/13 at 14:19 Post Comment

Andrea Pirlo: Has entered the final year of his contract at Juventus

Andrea Pirlo: Has entered the final year of his contract at Juventus

The vastly-experienced midfielder will see his current deal in Turin expire at the end of the season.

Speculation as to what the next 12 months may hold for the World Cup winner has already begun, with the 34-year-old still very much a man in demand.

Former Juve and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli has helped to fan the exit flames by announcing that he has been informed of reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur in Pirlo.

Spurs would not be the only club keen to do a deal if such talent were to become available on a free transfer, with several other sides across Europe closely monitoring the situation.

Comments from Pirlo in which he claimed that he would need to feel valued at Juve in order to commit himself to a new deal have helped to keep the transfer door ajar, but his current employers have now moved to try and bring an end to the rumours.

General manager Giuseppe Marotta still regards Pirlo as one of the finest performers to pull on the Bianconeri shirt and is prepared to discuss fresh terms whenever all parties are willing to get around the negotiating table.

He told reporters in Italy: "Who in the current Juventus side is most similar to (Michel) Platini? Andrea Pirlo, as a player and as a man.

"His contract? With Andrea there are excellent relations and Juve is wide open to dialogue. We'll talk about it."

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