Pirlo pledges future to Juventus

The 34-year-old has gone back on claims that he could leave the club next summer, saying he hopes to finish his playing career with the Bianconeri
Andrea Pirlo has pledged his future to Juventus, stating he hopes to play in Turin for the remainder of his career.

On Thursday, the Italy midfielder hinted at a possible exit from the club, saying it is far from a certainty that he will remain with the club when his contract expires in June 2014 and that he will only do so if he still feels like a valuable member of the squad.

Pirlo went back on those statements on Friday, however, saying his ambitions are clear and they all revolve around his future with the Bianconeri.

"There is only one objective, to win, and to do so we will have to give our all," the 34-year-old told the team’s official website.

"We’re working really hard to be fully fit and raring to go for the start of the new season.

"Only once, during the 1930s, have Juventus ever won three Scudetto titles in a row, and so that opportunity to make history is an even greater incentive for us to do our best.

"The club are very ambitious and I hope to see out my career here. This team are my priority."

The former AC Milan star joined Juventus in July 2011 and has since won consecutive Serie A titles, a trend he hopes to continue in the years to come.

Pirlo added: "With Napoli, Milan, Inter, Roma, and Fiorentina there is going to be a lot of good football played this year and it’s going to be hard work for us.

"Those teams have invested well in some great champions and I believe that that’s a sign of a renaissance for Italian football: it’s returning to its past glory.

"When you don’t win it’s normal that people might be concerned, but we’re confident that we’re training well and doing all that we can to reach full fitness.

"When you lift two consecutive league trophies, people might think it’s going to be easy to do it again a third time. In fact, it requires even more concentration, because everyone will want to beat Juventus."