Pirlo: Chelsea would be mad to let Lampard leave… but I would love him to join Juventus

The Italy international is bemused by the west London club's failure to offer the 34-year-old a new contract and has suggested he should move to Serie A this summer
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes Chelsea would be "mad" to let Frank Lampard leave but has revealed he would relish the opportunity to link up with the England international.

The 34-year-old’s contract with the reigning European champions runs out in the summer, and his agent has confirmed that he is unlikely to pen a new deal.

And Pirlo, who was allowed to leave Milan on a free transfer before helping Juve to last season's Serie A title, has expressed disbelief at the Blues' failure to tie Lampard down.

"They would be mad to let him leave Chelsea,” Pirlo told Tuttosport. "He's still one of the best in the world.”

"Lampard could have another four years at the top in Italy. If he wants to play in Italy I would welcome him to Juventus with open arms.”

The Chelsea vice-captain joined the club from West Ham for £11m in 2001, and has netted 193 times in 576 appearances since.

Lampard has earned Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medals during his time in west London.