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Pozzo: Del Piero welcome at Udinese

Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has suggested the club would be interested in offering Alessandro Del Piero a future away from Juventus, should the striker leave Turin at the end of the season.

Del Piero, 37, is expected to end his 19-year association with Juve this summer and is heavily tipped to swap Serie A for Major League Soccer.

However, Pozzo believes the veteran forward "would be of great use" to Udinese, with the Stadio Friuli chief revealing he may try to convince Del Piero to stay in Italy.

"We don't rule anything out, especially as Antonio Di Natale isn't exactly a kid and yet he's our top scorer," Pozzo told Sky Sport Italia.

"We also have players like Giampaolo Pinzi and Maurizio Domizzi who are over 30, so our team is a mixture of youth and experience. Udinese pick players based on their potential, their capacity and therefore do not rule anybody out.

"Of course Del Piero is undoubtedly a champion who would be of great use to Udinese, but there is also an economic consideration. He does not fit into the budget of a little club like Udinese.

"That would be the main reason why we don't tend to sign mature champions. He'd do very well here, though, and help the locker room. His experience would be good for the side."

Del Piero's future continues to be the subject of speculation in Italy and, last week, Montreal Impact director Nick De Santis claimed that Del Piero has his sights set on a move to either Los Angeles or New York.

"We contacted Del Piero in January, but he said no," De Santis told Tuttomercatoweb. "He told us that he prefers LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls over us, so we abandoned this option."

Del Piero is comfortably Juve's all-time leading scorer (288 goals) and appearance-maker (700 games), having made his debut for the Bianconeri in 1993.

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