By Andrew Cesare Richardson, ESPN writer
Australian club Avondale FC have told ESPN FC they interested in bringing Andrea Pirlo out of retirement.
The 2006 World Cup winner retired in 2017 after spending two years in Major League Soccer with New York City FC. But Avondale are hopeful of securing a deal for the former Italy international and have confirmed to ESPN FC they are “waiting to hear from Pirlo’s management.”
Avondale FC are a semi-professional side based in Melbourne and compete in the second tier National Premier League Victoria, finishing third in 2018 — and Omnisport are reporting that the deal for Pirlo would see him join in time for the FFA Cup quarterfinal against Sydney FC on Sept 19.
Pirlo, 39, started his career at Brescia before joining Inter Milan in 1998. Following two loan spells, he moved to city rivals AC Milan, where he stayed for a decade, winning nine major trophies — including two Champions League titles.
In 2011, he joined Juventus on a free transfer and produced arguably the best football of his career as he won four league titles on the bounce and was named Serie A Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons.
He left for MLS in 2015, where he spent two seasons at NYCFC.
ESPN FC have contacted Pirlo’s management for comment and are awaiting response.
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