Legendary Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo has reportedly declined an offer to join Indian Super League this time. As per Times Of India report, one of the franchises had approached Pilro to play in the second edition of the league, but the offer was turned down due to the salary caps set by the league authorities.
A source close to the deal was quoted: “He was open to the idea of playing in the ISL but won’t be coming because of the salary cap set by the league. The clubs in ISL won’t be able to afford him here. He has not said anything officially, but he is most likely to go to America.”
According to the rules of the tournament a player can earn maximum Rs 20 crores. The Italian was offered the maximum salary but that is less than what the midfielder is earning currently at Juventus FC.
The veteran midfielder still has a year left in his existing contract with the Serie A champions, but it was reported earlier that he might opt to move out of the club this summer. His likely destination is Major League Soccer club New York City FC. He will sign a 18 months contract with the club. If Pilro actually joins the Ney York franchise, he will be their third marquee signing after Frank Lampard and David Villa.
The source further said: “He received offers from clubs from Middle East, Australia and USA who were willing to pay him a huge amount. Things would not have worked out financially in India.”