Pirlo joins Juventus on three-year contract

09:30, May 25, 2011      

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Former AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo joined Turin giants Juventus on a three-year deal on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Italian international had been released from newly-crowned Serie A champions AC Milan on a mutual acceptance.

"Andrea Pirlo is now officially a Juventus player," read a club statement. "The club has reached an agreement with the midfielder.

"The contract signed is from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2014."

Juventus also added that the 32-year-old has already taken the necessary tests and stated: "This morning, Andrea Pirlo underwent the usual medical check-up for Juventus."

"The midfielder underwent tests and analyses at Fornaca di Sessant clinic, Isokinetic centre and Sports Medicine Centre in Torino."

The contract enables Pirlo to play for Italy's big three clubs Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.

Pirlo underwent medical tests on Tuesday in Turin before the announcement of confirming the transfer from AC Milan.

Pirlo had went through remarkable 10 seasons with AC Milan, playing more than 400 games. The 2006 world champion won a second scudetto in the past season after helping the Rossoneri lift two Champions League trophies in 2003 and 2007.

He joined Juventus at no cost because his contract with Milan had expired.

Juventus have reportedly offered him a three-year contract worth 3.5 million euros (4.9 million dollars) per year.

After a disappointing season closed Sunday in seventh position, without qualifying for any continental tournament, Juventus have already chosen their former midfielder Antonio Conte as new coach.

Source: Xinhua
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