It’s the final week of the Serie A season and it’s already looking like Juve’s linchpin, Andrea Pirlo, will not be able to return to action for the final time until next week’s Champions League group game against Real Madrid.
The news was confirmed by the Bianconeri president Luca De Laurentiis during a press conference on Wednesday morning, with Pirli’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
“The contract is up and the player is out.
We will see what happens,” De Laurentiois told reporters.
A source close to the Biancassilio confirmed the news to ESPN.
“We are not going to talk about the details,” the source said.
“I can tell you that the player was not ready for the Champions League final.”
According to the source, Pirlos contract is set to run out at the conclusion of the year, meaning the former AC Milan and Chelsea midfielder will be free to leave Juve before the end and join rivals AC Milan in January.
Pirlo has been linked with a return to Serie A this season, and the Biancolini president was clearly not impressed by the reports of an agreement between Pirlas and the Serie B club.
He was quoted by the official Marche newspaper as saying: “I have a contract with Juventus and it expires in the summer, so I will not speak about it.
I am not ready to return.”
De Laurentiys reaction was also somewhat less positive.
It was reported that Pirlós deal with Juventus runs out at midnight on February 11, so he will be able leave the club at the start of the new year.
However, the Biancocelesti president made it clear that the negotiations are ongoing.
De Santis comments come after the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera revealed that the Biancos had made a deal with Real Madrid for the midfielder to leave.
Real Madrid, in turn, said that they would match any offer from Juventus.
Despite Pirlotos departure, Juventus will remain unbeaten in Serie A with seven victories from their opening seven games, and will be confident of finishing the campaign top of the league.
Juventus have the option to re-sign Pirloto if they wish, but he has the option of leaving if he feels his contract with the Biancaliga club is not worth the wait.