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Andrea Pirlo dismisses Juventus exit talk after Barcelona tears

Andrea Pirlo has brushed aside speculation that he will leave Juventus this summer despite reports linking him with Major League Soccer.

The Italian international cried after his team's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona on Saturday but insists it was due the loss and not his rumoured exit from the club.

"Were my tears a goodbye to Juventus? No, they were for the defeat," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia. "It is the kind of opportunity that I will rarely get again."

The 36-year-old midfielder has made 33 appearances for Juventus in all competitions this season, one in which the Bianconeri won the domestic double for the first time since 1995.

The speculation comes as many of Europe's top players have joined Major League Soccer teams this year in what would be considered as the final stages of their careers. In January 2015, Pirlo's former teammate, forward Sebastian Giovinco joined Toronto FC after nearly 10 years at Juventus.

Pirlo, who won the Champions League title with AC Milan, joined Juve in 2011 and has won four straight league titles with the Turin giants.

The veteran midfielder is still under contract with Juve for another season.

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