Andrea Pirlo keen to stay

Andrea Pirlo wants to remain at Juventus beyond the end of the season but will move on should he become a "burden".

Last Updated: 09/08/13 at 12:09 Post Comment

Andrea Pirlo: Will continue playing after this season

Andrea Pirlo: Will continue playing after this season

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Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo has outlined his desire to remain at Juventus beyond the end of the new season but stressed he will move on should he become a "burden".

Pirlo has been an integral part of the Juventus side which has won back-to-back Serie A titles but, at the age of 34, accepts he will have to give careful consideration to his future when his contract expires at the end of the season.

As a current Italy international, the former AC Milan man has no plans to hang up his boots just yet but admits he may be forced to leave Turin.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Of course I will continue to play, we'll see where.

"I have already spoken to the club and we will meet again at the end of the season to decide.

"My priority is to stay at Juve but I do not want to be a burden to anyone."

Pirlo says he would not feel comfortable hanging around on reputation alone.

He added: "Through the years it has been said I should stay just because my name is Pirlo. But I want to feel important and help towards the success of the team. If that's not the case, I will go."

Juventus embark on their bid to win three successive Scudetti at Sampdoria on August 25, a week after taking on Lazio in the Supercoppa.

Their pre-season form has been poor with four draws and one defeat from five games.

Pirlo, however, is not too concerned.

He said: "We are working hard. In previous years we have struggled over the summer and then changed gear.

"We are not too worried for the Supercoppa or the start of the championship."


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