New York City's Andrea Pirlo to retire at end of MLS season

Oct 09, 2017, 00:34

Andrea Pirlo will resign on December 31 when his contract with New York City FC ends.

"Italian football is not sick", the 38-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport. Every day you have problems with your physical condition. So, at my age like this, a good thing to say enough is enough. You don't have to carry on until you are 50. I'll do something else.

The 2006 World Cup victor, 38, has spent the last three years with City but has featured in just 15 of the club's 32 games this season. Give a hand to teammates and to the coach.

The New York FC star was also asked his thoughts on the situation of AC Milan and Vincenzo Montella and Pirlo backed the Italian to remain in charge of the Serie A giants.

He left Italy to join NY in 2015, but has made just 15 MLS appearances for the American side in an injury-hit season.

But Germany 2006 champion Pirlo, who on Sunday announced his impending retirement from a decorated 22-year playing career, is confident results will soon improve.

There have been suggestions Pirlo could reunite with former coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea to work as his assistant, but he insists he has not made a decision on what his future hold.

Pirlo played under the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni, Marcello Lippi and Cesare Prandelli during his stellar global career, but the man with 116 caps to his name picked out one former boss for special praise: Antonio Conte. If they call you immediately to [coach] a first team, it's hard to refuse.

He joined Juve in 2011 and won a further four league titles, as well as the Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana medals, and reached another Champions League final in 2015. I repeat: for now, I don't have that intention.

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