Pirlo's contract with New York City-the MLS club he has played since July 2015-will indeed expire in the end this year. Known for his curling free kicks and pin-point passing skills, Pirlo hung his boots after persistent knee problems proved to be a deterrent in his everyday training schedule. Every day you have problems with your physical condition. I will change the profession, "said Pirlo, 38 years old". At my age, that is enough.
The playmaker won two Serie A titles at the San Siro, as well as two UEFA Champions League trophies. You do not have to continue like this until you are 50 years old, no.
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. I'll do something else.
As for the next chapter in Pirlo's life, he also spoke about working under Conte again, having played under the Chelsea chief at Juventus and for the Italian national team. "It wasn't just that I wanted to come back to Italy, but AC Milan is a legendary club and they had a great team".
"I'm not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to teammates and to the coach".
"Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide".
He won 116 senior caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006 and reaching the final of Euro 2012.
Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has defended the Azzurri's poor form and rejected claims the state of football in his homeland is in poor health.
Pirlo will be hopeful of finishing his career on a high with NYCFC, who are well on course to secure a playoff place in the Eastern Conference of MLS.
Palace have yet to win this season and are still searching for their first goal of the league campaign.