'I'm not in New York on vacation' – Pirlo not planning Inter return

The Serie A leaders have reportedly moved to boost their squad with the iconic playmaker, but have now seen their interest rebuffed

Andrea Pirlo insists he is at New York City FC to win silverware, seemingly ruling out a loan move to Inter in January.

The veteran moved to MLS side New York upon the expiry of his contract with Juventus at the end of last season.

Pirlo signed off his time in Turin with a Serie A and Coppa Italia double, and it has since been suggested that Inter boss Roberto Mancini is contemplating a surprise loan move for Pirlo in the January transfer window

But the 36-year-old has quelled talk of a return to the San Siro giants, who he first represented between 1998 and 2001.

“I still want to play, I do not think about retirement,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“But I want to honour the contract with New York City. I’m used to these rumours, but I do not move.

“I’m not in the US to be on vacation, I’m here to have a winning experience.”

Pirlo also suggested that Juve fought to keep him, but that his heart was set on a new experience at the end of a stint which saw him four consecutive Scudetti.

“Juve? They wanted me to stay, but it was the right time to make a new experience after four fantastic years and having won everything they could win,” he added.

“For me it [moving to New York] was a way of life, a chance to learn something new.”

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