Marotta eager to keep Pirlo at Juventus for another season
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has shrugged off of reports suggesting Andrea Pirlo is at odds with the Bianconeri. Reportedly, Pirlo will leave the Old Lady at the end of the season since he believes that he no longer holds a protagonist role at Turin.
Marotta admits that there is some uncertainty over Pirlo’s future with Juventus, but he is confident that the issue will be resolved soon and the Italy international will resume his career with the Serie A champions.
Pirlo became the reason for manager Antonio Conte inciting new rules for players to sit down at the substitute bench till the final whistle after being called off. The 34-year-old Italy international stormed off to the dressing room after being substituted in the weekend win against Verona.
The former AC Milan midfielder’s contract with expires at the end of the season. This has given rise to rumors suggesting Pirlo might make a free agent move during the summer transfer window next year. If that is the case, then all major clubs will be running after the Italian midfield maestro.
Marotta is confident Pirlo will agree to a new contract way before the summer transfer window. In an interview to Tuttosport, Marotta declared that Juventus and Pirlo were not having any problems.
“There is no issue with Pirlo at all,” Marotta said. “At the end of the day, Pirlo has not done anything untoward. We’ve spoken with him (over a new contract), serenely, and we said that we’ll talk again in February or March.”
Pirlo was prepared for such a scenario before the start of the season. The central midfielder told Gazzetta delo Sport that he would decide about his future with Juventus during the summer.
“I'm definitely going to carry on playing, but we'll have to see where,” Pirlo said. “I've already spoken to my club, and we will decide at the end of the season. My priority is Juve, but I don't want to be a burden on anybody. The years go by and there's nothing that says that I have to stay just because I'm Pirlo. I want to feel I'm important and crucial to the side's success, otherwise I'll leave.”