Monday, July 28, 2008
Pirlo pledges to end career with AC Milan
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo wants to spend the rest of his career at AC Milan.
The 29-year-old rejected the opportunity to move to England or Spain this summer, with reports suggesting Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid had all made enquiries, but he insists he plans to retire wearing the Rossoneri colours.
'I am happy at AC Milan,' said Pirlo. 'I have a long contract and I don't think there is a better team than this one.
'Milan is one of the strongest clubs and I hope to end my career with them.
'I have two years left on my contract and I hope to renew it for many more years.'
Meanwhile, Milan striker Marco Borriello could miss the start of the Serie A campaign because of a knee injury.
Borriello, who has returned to the Rossoneri this summer having played on loan at Genoa last season, suffered the injury in Saturday's training session.
A club statement read: 'Marco Borriello has undergone an MRI (scan) on his right knee.
'The player will travel to Antwerp on Wednesday to see specialist Marc Martens.'
Borriello was in great form for Genoa last season, notching 19 goals to finish as the third top scorer in Serie A, which won him a place in Italy's Euro 2008 squad.
Initial fears are that he will be out of action for at least six weeks, wrecking his chances of making an early impact on his return to Milan.