Pirlo pens open letter to Juventus fans

Andrea Pirlo has admitted he found it difficult to leave Juventus in an open letter written to the club’s staff and supporters following his transfer to New York City FC.

The Italian midfielder moved to Turin on a free transfer in 2011 after a decade-long spell at Milan and helped Juventus to this year’s Champions League final.

Thanking everyone at the club for their support, Pirlo added that he “will never forget the relationship I have with these colours”.

“It can be difficult to put emotions into words, especially when they involve four years that have been so important in my life,” he tweeted.

“I can only say a huge THANK YOU to all who have accompanied me and supported me in this adventure: the club, FC Juventus, from our president to every single person that works there; my team-mates of many battles, lots of laughter and some tears; the fans and all those who have always followed us with affection even when things were less beautiful.

“Many thanks to all of you. It was not an easy decision, but it’s time to start a new adventure, but I will never forget the relationship I have with these colours. Until the end FORZA JUVENTUS.”