Three reasons why Andrea Pirlo will not leave Juventus this summer

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Following the departure of Antonio Conte, there has been much speculation to suggest the 35-year-old will leave The Old Lady this summer.

Reports this morning claim that Tottenham Hotspur are on high alert as the North London side ready to swoop for Pirlo, following a lengthy interest in the midfielder. 

But it's unlikely that Tottenham stand any chance of landing the Juventus man, and here are three reasons why;

New Contract 

Pirlo put pen to paper on a new deal little over a month ago, and is contracted for two more full seasons at Juventus. Although the deal was made whilst Conte was still in charge, the 35-year-old has a huge love affair with the club, and has himself spoken of his happiness at the Italian champions. Upon signing a new contract Pirlo told L'Equippe; "I am happy at Juventus and I hope to be able to stay for a few more years".  With Juventus now chasing a fourth consecutive Scudetto for the first time the 1934-35 season, it's unlikely that the Italian would wish to miss out on this chance of making history. 

Massimiliano Allegri

The newly appointed Juventus manager has worked alongside Pirlo previously at Milan, and although you may read reports suggesting there is a rift between the two, this is being blown out of all proportion. Pirlo left Milan on reasonable terms in 2011, and was not 'forced out' as some other articles may lead you to believe. At the time Allegri couldn't promise Pirlo a definite position sitting in front of the Rossoneri's back four, and with the 35-year-old not wishing to be pushed onto the left-hand side of midfield, Pirlo decided to leave the club. In fact, in Pirlo's autobiography 'I Think Therefore I Play' the midfielder talks of his 'normal relationship' with Allegri and does not seem to bare any grudge. Allegri said yesterday; "There were never any problems with Andrea and I never questioned Andrea's qualities, otherwise I would be considered crazy. I'm happy to have him again after three years."

The Pirlo role 

The 35-year-old has played the best football of his career during his three seasons at Juventus. In three years Pirlo has gone from being considered a world-class footballer to arguably one of the greatest in history, all because of the role in which he has pioneered at Juventus. The entire Juventus set-up hinges on the 35-year-old playing the role he does, and after leaving AC Milan to find it, he finally has it. It's unlikely that any other club can guarantee Pirlo what he has in Turin, and for that reason it would take a great deal to lure him away. Add to this the fact that Pirlo has played his entire career in Italy's top flight, it's doubtful that the veteran is planning a move to England or anywhere else for that matter any time soon. 

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