Andrea Pirlo relishing task ahead after move to MLS side New York City FC

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is relishing the challenge ahead after leaving Juventus for MLS side New York City FC.

Andrea Pirlo relishing task ahead after move to MLS side New York City FC

The 36-year-old has long been linked with a move to the United States and it has now been confirmed by both clubs that he will join Spain’s all-time record goalscorer David Villa and former England midfielder Frank Lampard in the Big Apple.

A statement from Juventus read: “Andrea Pirlo has announced that he will continue his career in the United States, bringing the curtain down on four extraordinary seasons with the Bianconeri.

“Pirlo has ended his magnificent four-year stay at Juventus after officially completing a move to MLS outfit New York City.”

Pirlo, who had one year left on his contract with Juve, helped the Turin giants win the domestic double — for the first time since 1995 — and reach the Champions League final last season.

But he is now looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

He said: “I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now the opportunity has materialised I wanted to take it. This is a club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results. I am hoping to win.

“I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York for the enthusiasm of the people that come watch the team.

“I met with the coach, Jason Kreis, and he gave me a fantastic impression of the club. He has well-defined ideas in mind, and I am sure we will get on well and create a good relationship to train well and try to win together.”

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