Pirlo announces Milan exit

Pirlo announces Milan exit

Andrea Pirlo has announced he is leaving AC Milan after 10 years at the club.

The Italy midfielder revealed the news on the same day the club confirmed stalwarts Alessandro Nesta and Filippo Inzaghi have signed new one-year deals to stay with the newly-crowned Serie A champions until June 2012.

Pirlo, 31, has been one of Milan’s most consistent performers for the past decade, helping them win two Champions League titles.

“It was a mutual decision, I’ve had 10 unforgettable years here,” Pirlo, whose contract expires this summer, told reporters.

He has been linked with Juventus, but claimed he has not spoken with the Turin-based club.

Two more Milan veterans are staying at the San Siro, though, for another season at least.

Nesta, 35, joined the club from Lazio in 2002 and 37-year-old Inzaghi from Juventus the year before.

There was further good news for Milan with the club confirming trio Thiago Silva, Mark Van Bommel and Flavio Roma had penned new deals.

The highly-rated Brazilian defender Silva has been strongly linked with a move away from Milan after attracting interest from a number of top European clubs.

However, Milan have secured Silva’s services until June 2016.

Van Bommel, who joined the Italian giants in January from Bayern Munich, has agreed a one-year contract extension with his previous deal expiring this summer.

Former Monaco goalkeeper Roma, who was also set to become a free agent next month, has signed a contract with the Rossoneri outfit until June 2012.

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