Claudio Marchisio has admitted that Pirlo’s shoes are to big for him to wear. He said he can’t be heir to the veteran midfielder.
Pirlo sealed a deal to MLS side, New York City FC yesterday, joining Manchester City’s sister club in the USA.
Marchisio who is a home grown player and has been with Juve since age seven, recently extended his deal to 2020 and he has said he is not looking to fill the void left behind by Pirlo.
“I cannot be Pirlo’s heir because I am very different from Andrea,” Marchisio said at a press conference.
“That would apply even if I had played in the same position.
“I would like to spare a few words for Andrea, for everything he gave us and because he really made us grow as a team.
“He was a very important player for me. In these few last years I saw him playing in front of the defence and he really helped me.
“I do not have his characteristics, but I have learnt a lot from him and as a result everything was easier.”