With much fanfare, Andrea Pirlo joined New York City FC this past season and the Italian soccer legend says he fully intends on playing out his contract with the Major League Soccer club.
A report in Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Pirlo as saying, “I want to [finish] my contract in America. We went to America not to go on vacation but to make a winning experience.”
Pirlo recently has been linked with rumors that he would join Inter Milan on a short-term loan during the winter months, which is also the MLS offseason. Those rumors, he said, don’t bother him.
“I have a contract with New York City and I want to respect it,” he added. “We want to start the new season together with a new coach doing things right to achieve important goals.”
The new coach Pirlo alluded to is Patrick Vieira, who was recently named NYCFC manager. He replaces Jason Kreis, who was fired after only one season with the MLS expansion club.