Pirlo: I want to win
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Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo revealed he had chosen Juventus as his destination after leaving AC Milan because they are one of the best clubs in the world.

Pirlo ended a ten-year association with Milan last week after the club opted against offering him a new contract. And yesterday, the news came that the 32-year-old had signed a three-year deal with the Old Lady of Turin.

"They're one of the most important teams in Italy together with Milan and Inter, one of the best in the world," said Pirlo at his official unveiling today. "They want to return to winning ways given that they haven't won for several years.

"I want to win and to take this team back to the top. It's important to have a winning mentality. This year many players (at Juve) were new to a big club and didn't manage to demonstrate their worth. At Juve you need to have character and the desire to impose yourself, otherwise you'll get eaten up."

I want to win and to take this team back to the top.
Andrea Pirlo, Italian midfielder

After a decade in the red and black of Milan, during which time he won the UEFA Champions League and Serie A twice each, Pirlo said he needed a new challenge. "After ten years with Milan I needed new motivations and stimuli," Pirlo said.

"I had offers from other teams in Italy and abroad but I chose Juve, they didn't need to convince me. When you join Juve you know what to expect. It will be a fascinating challenge and I'm sure I made the right decision.

"To win you need great players, people who are used to winning and I'm sure Juve will do everything to buy some great players."

Pirlo joins the Turin giants at a time of crisis with Juve having finished in seventh place in each of the last two seasons. In fact, this year they did not qualify for the UEFA Europa League and next season only the top three in Italy will qualify for the Champions League, making it harder still for them to return to Europe's premier club competition.