Andrea Pirlo dismisses Real Madrid links

The influential midfielder has ruled out the possibility of returning to AC Milan, while he has no intention to joining the Spanish giants either.

Andrea Pirlo says he has not been in touch with Real Madrid over a summer transfer and is keen to extend his stay with Juventus.

The Italy international's current contract with the Serie A champions is due to expire at the end of the season and Madrid is reportedly monitoring Pirlo's situation at the Old Lady.

Nevertheless, Pirlo is focused on his current club and is hopeful of agreeing to terms for a new deal sooner rather than later.

"Real Madrid? I've never spoken to them. I talk with Carlo Ancelotti, but we talk about other things. I feel good here at Juventus," Pirlo told La Stampa. "Juventus and I have spoken and we will meet again to discuss everything. We have a lot of matches to play and we must focus on them, but there are a lot of reasons to stay at Juventus. They are growing and it is possible to achieve your targets here."

The 34-year-old then briefly discussed the possibility of returning to AC Milan but was quick to stress that he has no intention of re-joining the San Siro side.

"Would I go back to Milan? No, not now," he said. "I did what I had to do there. I'm happy to be at Juve. I think that players don't have to go back to where they once did good things. I hope to remain here."