Legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has joined New York City FC, the same team who recently signed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Pirlo was recently linked with a move to Chelsea or Liverpool after a hugely successful career in his home country.
But, he denied these rumours and assured the media that he would stay at now-former club Juventus. But, along with other legends of the game such as Lampard, Kaka, David Villa and Steven Gerrard, he decided to continue his glimmering career in the rapidly growing MLS.
The club of New York issued a special statement on its website:
“New York City FC are delighted to announce the signing of World Cup and UEFA Champions League winner Andrea Pirlo. One of the most decorated and respected midfielders in soccer, Pirlo will become the team’s third Designated Player and arrives to New York City FC on a free transfer from Juventus, 2015 UEFA Champions League Finalists.”
While Pirlo told NYCFC.com:
“I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it. This is a Club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the League. 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.
The 36-year old is expected to make his debut against Toronto FC this Sunday at the Yankee Stadium.