Pirlo signals intentions with new Juve deal
Not content with still being a cornerstone of his country’s midfield, Italian legend Andrea Pirlo has signed a new deal at Juventus that will see him remain with the club until he is 37.
June 11th, 2014
Pirlo joined Juve in 2011 from AC Milan on a free transfer and has since featured in almost 100 games, helping The Old Lady to win his fourth and their third Serie A title in a row as of last month. At the moment the 35-year old midfielder is preparing for their World Cup opener against England, and this new lease of life should spur him on to an even bigger contribution for his country.
Of course, England are fully aware of the threat possessed by Pirlo, whose then-33-year old legs were more than enough to run the show at their last meeting – including a spell of extra time – at Euro 2012 where he capped off a star performance with a cheeky chip in the shoot-out.
That display alongside the rest of Pirlo’s glittering career – five league titles, two Champions Leagues and a World Cup, anyone? – has made England manager Roy Hodgson even more firmly aware of the threat that the player possesses, and has pledged to do something about him when the teams meet deep in the heart of the rainforest this weekend.
“First, we’ll play a lot better, we’ll play with more energy because we’ll have more energy because it will be the first game in the tournament. We’ll be even more compact than we were in that game.
“One of our plans this time is to make certain we do a lot more attacking and that Italy find themselves wondering what they’re going to do about people like Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney.”
Big talk there from Woy, but just as England will be fresher, so too will the 2006 World Champions – even if Pirlo’s getting on in years his resurgence at Juventus is not to be counted out.