Pirlo Confirms He Turned Down Inter Milan Move.

Andrea Pirlo has confirmed the rumors that Inter Milan offered him a mouth-watering deal last season, an offer which he turned down to stay with New York City FC.

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The mercurial midfielder told Sky Sport Italia that he preferred to play in the American Major League Soccer rather than return to Serie A.

Pirlo, 37, left former club and Italian champions Juventus in 2015.

Reports confirm former club Inter Milan showed strong interest to have him back last winter, but he turned down the opportunity to rejoin after only six months in New York.

“I didn’t speak with [then Inter coach Roberto] Mancini, but Inter’s management did make enquiries,” 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.”

Though the ageing midfielder was left out in Italy’s squad for Euro 2016, he continues to follow Italian football from the United States. He admits there’s no love lost between him and former Juve coach Antonio Conte, who ended his Italy national team dreams.

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Pirlo has nothing but best wishes for the current Chelsea coach. In his words:

“I can see Conte doing really well,” Pirlo said.

“I’m glad he’s made such a good start and I’m sure he’ll have a great season. He’s got passion, determination and he teaches football. He’s got everything it takes to be the best.”

The talented midfielder, “who talks only with his feet” says he is particularly impressed with Juventus and the successes it has achieved since he left the club.

“Italian football seen from the outside is not all that ugly,” he said.

“Even if Serie A now seems to have become like the French league, with Juventus in a league of their own — the Bianconeri are like Paris Saint-Germain.”