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Pirlo ready for bite of Big Apple
Published : Friday, 26 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 12

MILAN, JUNE 25: Andrea Pirlo's move to Major League Soccer is imminent, according to reports in Italy that claim the Juventus and Italy star will sign an 18-month deal with New York City FC.
Midfield legend Pirlo was a linchpin for the Turin giants on their way to a first league and Cup double in 20 years last season.
But reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport insist the 36-year-old former World Cup winner will leave Italy behind and end his career in the United States.
Pirlo, whose contract expires in June 2016, was distraught at the final whistle of last month's Champions League final when Juventus were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona.
That may have represented Pirlo's last chance to add a third Champions League winner's medal to his collection having triumphed with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.
Gazzetta's report said Pirlo will sign an 18-month contract in August with Jason Kreis's side after deciding whether to include a clause that would allow him to opt out of another year, if he desired.
Former Juventus teammate Sebastian Giovinco quit the Bianconeri during last season to sign for Toronto FC, who meet New York City FC in an Eastern Conference clash on July 12.
In an interview on Thursday with Gazzetta, Giovinco insisted the MLS was "not as easy as many people might think" and admitted Pirlo had enquired about his experience with the Canadian side.
"I talked to him via message, but not from New York. Some time ago he called to ask me how I was getting along," said Giovinco.
"I told him it was a great experience, something he should try. But I don't think it's me who will convince him.
"I hope to get the chance to play against him here."
Speculation on Pirlo's reported move has intensified in recent days during the Italian's holiday in New York where he has been photographed taking 'selfies' withsoccer fans.    AFP








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