PARMA, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Andrea Pirlo of AC Milan during the Serie A match between Parma FC and AC Milan at Stadio Ennio Tardini on October 2, 2010 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he left AC Milan because there were “problems with Max Allegri” and he wanted a new challenge.

The Italian midfielder joined Juventus on a free transfer after a successful ten years with the Rossoneri.

And he has admitted that he wanted to face a new challenge as he entered the latter stages of his career.

“There were problems with Allegri at Milan, because I was injured for four months of that year,” Pirlo said – via ​Football Italia. “I returned when the team was doing well and it was difficult for him to change formation at that point too. Milan had won the Scudetto.

“At the end of the season, my contract was due to expire and after 10 years I decided it was time for a change, because I needed something new, a different challenge. I wanted a new experience and I tried Juventus.”

Pirlo claimed that he had no regrets about his move, as Milan declined and Juventus rose to the top of Italian football following his arrival.

“I don’t miss it, I won everything there was to win and played in the three biggest clubs in Italy,” he added. “I had 10 fantastic years at Milan, we won the Champions League, Scudetti and we were an extraordinary squad. The same is true of those four years at Juve. I was happy to be a part of the rebirth of this club.

“I didn’t think that after leaving Milan I had begun a downward slope of my career. I was convinced that I was still a top player, so I joined Juventus with great motivation.

“I knew this team had done badly in recent years and wanted to get back to being the best. They had a new stadium, great directors and wanted to return to the top level in Italy and Europe. That’s why Juventus were the ultimate, for me.”

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