Mancini hints at Pirlo move

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has rubbished suggestions the Serie A club have made contact with Andrea Pirlo, but refused to rule out a potential move for the New York City midfielder.

Pirlo, 36, joined the Major League Soccer side in July of this year after parting ways with Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the 2014/15 season.

And, with the MLS season recently drawing to a close, Pirlo could be open to the idea of linking up with a team in Italy in a bid to maintain his fitness during the American off-season.

However, Mancini has moved to dampen speculation surrounding a potential move for the Italy international, saying he has not made contact with the former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder.

"It is not true that we have already been in touch with Pirlo. I have never spoken with him," Mancini told reporters.

"Anything can happen in football, but there is nothing in those rumours for now.

"The MLS campaign has ended for him, but I don't know what his intentions are, whether he is interested in returning to Serie A for a few months. He could return to Serie A and would definitely be an important player for any team.

"Pirlo is a real champion. He is not a normal player. He understands what's happening on the pitch before anyone else.

"We are always looking at players with his abilities, because we have enough midfielders who are very strong physically and he could add something."