Former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo was left irritated by his former club’s elimination from the UEFA Champions league at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam but could not hold himself in singling out young Dutch midfielder Frankie De Jong for praise.
De Jong shone in both legs of the quatre-final tie as Ajax finished off the Italians with a 3-2 aggregate triumph.
Pirlo full of adoration for the youngster, Pirlo also poured out his frustrations for his former club’s slow-paced approach to fetching the Dutch youngster who was signed by Spanish giants FC Barcelona ahead of next season.
According to the Italian football great, he pressed on the Juventus board to snap De Jong several times but they did not act quick enough, allowing Barcelona to seal the move for the youngster ahead of the Italians.
“For several times i recommended Juventus to follow him more closely and sign him” ,Pirlo insisted.