Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has signed a new two-year contract with Juventus.
Since joining the Turin-based outfit from AC Milan in 2011, Pirlo has been an integral part of the ‘Old Lady’, which won three successive league titles and two Super Cups.
“For 131 games Andrea Pirlo has been the fulcrum of the side, the itersection through which every move passes,” Juve’s official website puts it.
“In three years he’s played his team-mates through on goal 30 times, touching the ball at least once for every minute he’s spent on the pitch (11,551 balls played versus his 11,344 minutes in action), with a pass completion rate of over 90%”.
After scoring six league goals for the champions this season, Pirlo will now be most concerned about Italy’s World Cup ambitions, where they open their Group D journey against coach Roy Hodgson’s England on Saturday.
Costa Rica and Uruguay completes the group- tagged ‘Group of Death’.