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Ancelotti: Madrid will not sign Pirlo

November 19, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Carlo Ancelotti insists there is no prospect of Real Madrid signing Juventus star Andrea Pirlo.

Andrea Pirlo
GettyImagesAndrea Pirlo remains uncertain where he will be playing next season.

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Pirlo flourished under Ancelotti at AC Milan, winning the Champions League together in 2003 and in 2007 as well as the Scudetto in 2004.

With Pirlo’s contract up for renewal in the summer, and no negotiations scheduled with Juventus until the spring, there is already plenty of discussion over the 34-year-old’s future.

Several Premier League clubs are reportedly ready to offer him a lucrative deal to lure him to England, while Spain could be another potential destination should the Italy midfielder opt for a new experience abroad.

However, Ancelotti has said Pirlo will not join him at the Bernabeu.

"You know how strong a bond I have with Pirlo, but it's something which is impossible," he told Radio Monte Carlo.

Pirlo left Milan for Juve two years after Ancelotti had moved to Chelsea, with current Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri deciding in 2011 that the player no longer featured in his plans.

Pirlo responded by producing some of the best form of his career for the Bianconeri, winning back-to-back Serie A titles, and Juve are contemplating offering him a two-year contract when talks are held after February.

In the meantime, Pirlo is biding his time as he assesses his options.

“All I've said is that I want to carry on playing because I'm enjoying it and I feel good,” he said on Friday. “I still want to play regularly and at a certain level. If it's at Juventus or another club, we'll see. Certainly I'm not ruling anything out.”

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