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May 2, 2011

Allegri bats off questions on Pirlo future

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has refused to be drawn on Andrea Pirlo's future, simply stating that the midfielder's contract will be reviewed at the end of the season.

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Pirlo, 31, has been a lynchpin of the Milan side for a decade, winning the Champions League twice with the Rossoneri, as well as starring for Italy in their 2006 World Cup triumph.

But the former Inter Milan and Brescia man has struggled with injuries this season and even when fit has found first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Allegri.

Speculation has been rife that Pirlo is set to be moved on this summer, with Chelsea, Juventus and Roma reportedly waiting in the wings, and Allegri has done little to play down the rumours, preferring a coy approach when questioned on his midfielder's San Siro future.

"This is not the time to be talking about such things," Allegri said. "The club will sit down with the player at the end of the season and decide what to do."

Reports in the Italian press have suggested that Milan are willing to consider offering Pirlo a new deal, though the Rossoneri are thought to be unhappy with his agent's alleged demands.

Former Napoli director general Pierpaolo Marino believes Pirlo is set to join Juventus.

"Of all the Milan players whose contracts are coming to an end, Pirlo is the least likely to renew," he told Controcampo. "I believe he already has a half-promise with Juventus."

Pirlo has started just 12 games in Serie A this season and made a ten-minute cameo in Milan's 1-0 win against Bologna, a result that moves the Serie A leaders a step closer to the Scudetto.

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