Andrea Pirlo insists he will not return to Serie A
Andrea Pirlo has thrown cold water on a possible move back to Serie A, saying, apart from friends and family, he doesn't miss Italy.
The former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder left for Major League Soccer's New York City FC in the summer after helping the Bianconeri to a Scudetto title and a place in the Champions League final last season.
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The longtime Italian international has spent nearly his entire career playing in his home country, however Pirlo says a move back is not in the cards.
"I enjoyed some extraordinary years at Juventus and achieved great success at Milan, but I will not return to Serie A," Pirlo told Corriere della Sera on Thursday, before adding that he has received inquiries for his services.
"Many teams approached me over the past few weeks, but I am not planning to go back on the decision I made a few months ago. It is also a matter of respect toward those who invested in me.
"I don't miss Italy apart from my family and friends. I live relatively close to the training ground and my lifestyle is very much similar to what I did in Italy. I visit museums, exhibitions and go for runs through Central Park."
Pirlo is adamant that he'd like to be a part of Italy's squad at Euro 2016 next summer, despite no longer playing at the game's highest levels professionally. Though he added that may no longer be a problem.
"My objective remains to play at Euro 2016," he added. "Playing for the national team still brings me great pleasure.
"Antonio Conte might not be coming to the USA to watch me in action, but the games are all broadcast on television."