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Saturday April 5 2014
Pirlo: 'I can play with Verratti'

Andrea Pirlo assures he is “compatible with Marco Verratti” for Italy, will renew his Juventus contract and left Milan on good terms.

The midfielder spoke to Radio Deejay and was asked whether Paris Saint-Germain starlet Verratti was an alternative or whether they could play together.

“I think we can play together, as he already does it very well in Paris with Thiago Motta, so I don’t see why he couldn’t do the same with me.”

Pirlo also denied suggestions some Italy veterans ruled they wouldn’t accept Antonio Cassano in the World Cup squad.

“I never gave a positive or negative opinion on any player. We’ve got a tough group in the World Cup, but certainly within our grasp.

"The renewal with Juventus is more or less done already, it's just an issue of getting together and finalising the details. This is the right place for me to continue.

“I think that I can play a few more years at this level. As long as I keep having fun and am in good shape, I will continue to play.”

Yet Milan thought he was done for when releasing him at the end of his contract, where he went on to win consecutive Scudetti at Juventus.

“I already replied a thousand times about this. We made the decision together, as I wanted a longer contract and the Rossoneri offered a one-year deal. We left on good terms.

“I often talk to Clarence Seedorf and the atmosphere is more relaxed now at Milan. I hope they can get back on track.”

Juve are in the Europa League quarter-finals and lead Lyon 1-0 from the first leg, but there are regrets about their campaign.

“We got the first games wrong in the Champions League and they cost us qualification. We would’ve had our say in the later rounds.

“Paul Pogba? I think he does better in a wider role than in front of the defence, because he can unleash all of his power there. He can improve so much and will certainly become one of the best in the world.”

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