Andrea Pirlo declined a move to Inter Milan

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Andrea Pirlo declined an opportunity to return to Serie A.

Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia that Inter Milan approached him last winter but he opted to stay at New York City FC.

“I didn’t speak with [then Inter coach Roberto] Mancini, but Inter’s management did make inquiries,” he said. “But I decided to stay at New York City, also because I had made this decision and turning back didn’t seem right.”

Pirlo would have left MLS and a Designated Player contract after less than six months if he accepted the move. Instead, he has stayed with NYCFC, where he has become a key cog in their midfield system. The 37-year-old maestro has featured and started in 27 of the team’s 29 games this season, registering a goal and 1o assists.

When asked if he still watches Serie A from the U.S., the former Italian National Team mainstay remarked that it was becoming similar to Ligue 1 — with Juventus being the Paris Saint-Germain.