Pirlo would reject Inter, says Marotta

The Juventus chief is adamant the veteran playmaker would reject any approach from the Nerazzurri out of loyalty to the Italian champions

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta does not believe that Andrea Pirlo would accept a potential offer from Inter due to his enduring "affection" for the Bianconeri.

Pirlo moved to Turin on a free transfer in 2011 and played a key role in the Old Lady's resurgence, inspiring the club to four successive Scudetti before leaving this summer to join New York City FC.

However, the veteran playmaker is now being linked with a return to Inter, whom he spent three years at before joining rivals AC Milan in 2001.

Marotta, though, is not unduly worried about the prospect of Pirlo rejoining the Nerazzurri due to the player's strong emotional ties to Juve.

"I know Pirlo for his great professionalism and for the great affection that he had for us," the Bianconeri chief told Processo del Lunedi.

"I'm nearly certain that, if an offer like this [from Inter] arrives, he would not accept it."

Juventus endured a dismal start to the 2015-16 Serie A season but two wins on the bounce - for the first time this term - have seen them climb too seventh in the standings, eight points behind third-placed Roma.

Marotta thinks Massimiliano Allegri's resurgent side simply have to maintain their momentum in order to secure Champions League football for next season.

"Third place is the minumum objective for us to reach," he added.