Champions plan to open talks next year.
Juventus have confirmed that they are planning on opening contract talks with veteran superstar Andrea Pirlo, but not until early next year, Sky Sports reports.
The visionary midfielder has been a key figure in Juve’s recent back-to-back Serie A title victories of the past two years since his arrival on a free transfer from AC Milan in 2011.
However, he has not entered the final year of his deal in Turin and will be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season, by which time he will be 35, prompting some serious speculation about where his future may lie.
The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have been alerted to his possible availability, and though Pirlo has expressed a desire to stay with the Bianconeri, the club are in no hurry to begin negotiations.
“Pirlo’s contract? We have talked together and it’s quiet,” Marotta told Tuttosport.
“We have decided to continue negotiations in February or March.”
Pirlo has already hinted that he is likely to step down from national team duty after next summer’s World Cup in Brazil in order to prolong his club career, and Juve would be wise to keep a hold of him. Since his arrival from Milan he has wracked up 86 appearances and scored six goals.