Legendary playmaker Andrea Pirlo hints at Tottenham snub

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has suggested he rejected interest from Spurs to sign a new deal with the Italian champions.

New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly interested in making Pirlo one of his first acquisitions, but the 35-year-old revealed he always wanted to remain with Juventus where he would win trophies.

Pirlo's contract with the Old Lady was due to expire this summer and with his age, one wouldn't have been mistaken to think he could bow out of football after the World Cup.

However the veteran midfielder does not look like hanging up his boots anytime soon; on Wednesday it emerged that he had signed a contract extension to continue playing for Juventus for two more years.

The Daily Mail quoted the midfield maestro taking a shot at Spurs by claiming it is his appetite for winning trophies that made him extend his contract, with the black and white stripes of Bianconeri being the best place for him to do that.

He said: “Past interest from Tottenham Hotspur? I don’t know if Italian football is better than English football, but it was my choice to continue with Juventus, which is a place where I’m comfortable and where I can win.”

Pirlo has been a revelation for the Juventus since he left AC Milan in 2011 on a free transfer, inspiring them to three consecutive Serie A titles and making 128 appearances and scoring 14 goals in the process.

He is expected to earn his 110th senior international cap when he lines up for Italy in their World Cup Group D game against England on Saturday. He is their fifth most capped player trailing Buffon, Maldini, Cannavaro and Dino Zoff.

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