Andrea Pirlo: I want to help take Juventus back to the top
Juventus new boy says he has the experience needed to help the club return to the top of Italian football
Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo has vowed to help take Juventus back to the pinnacle of Italian football.
The 32-year-old Italy international swapped AC Milan for Juventus earlier this month after 10 years at the San Siro.
The midfielder, who has joined on a three-year contract, is convinced he can help the Turin club end their nine-year wait for a major trophy.
“Along with AC Milan and Inter it’s one of the most important teams in Italy, and the world,” said Pirlo. “There’s a desire to start winning again, since victories have been missing for a few years now.
“I want to win and to take this team back to the top. It’s important to have a winning mentality. For many players this year it was their first experience in a big team and they didn’t manage to prove their worth.
“At Juve you have to have personality and the desire to assert yourself. Otherwise you’ll be eaten alive.”
Internazionale sold Pirlo to city rivals Milan for €18m in 2003 and played a key role in Milan’s two Serie A triumphs and two Champions League successes since.
“After 10 years at AC Milan I needed new motivation and incentive,” he continued. “I had received other offers from other teams in Italy and abroad, but I picked Juve. There was no need to convince me.
“When you go to Juve you know what to expect. It will be a thrilling challenge and I’m sure that I made the right choice.”
Pirlo believes his experience will help the younger members of Juventus’ squad develop into title winners.
“You need champions to win, people accustomed to success, and I’m sure that Juve will do everything to get great players,” he said.
Pirlo was limited to just 17 appearances this season but the 2006 World Cup winner believes he still has plenty to offer Juventus manager Antonio Conte.
“This was the first season in which I didn’t play consistently, a sabbatical, and it can extend my career for another 4-5 years,” he said.
“At AC Milan in the last 10 years I always played about 40 matches a year, which seems a good average to me.
“I still haven’t spoken with Conte. I think I’ve played in every formation imaginable, alongside many different midfielders. I’m at the coach’s disposal.”