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Andrea Pirlo not set for Manchester City loan from NYCFC - sources

New York City FC have ruled out loaning Andrea Pirlo to Manchester City, sources told ESPN FC.

Pirlo, 36, has joined the new Major League Soccer franchise as their third designated player after ending his four-year stay at Juventus.

Frank Lampard agreed to sign for New York City last summer, only to move to Manchester City for the whole of the 2014-15 season and miss the start of the MLS campaign in a controversial switch that brought the two clubs bad publicity in the United States.

And while MLS players such as Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry and Clint Dempsey have joined Premier League clubs on loan in January in past years, Pirlo will not follow suit.

The 2006 World Cup winner, who is set to make his MLS debut against Orlando on July 26, was announced as New York City's newest recruit on Monday.

The former AC Milan midfielder won the Champions League twice and Serie A six times, including in each of his last five seasons, during his time in his native Italy.

He has also been capped 115 times by his country, helping them win the World Cup in 2006 and reach the final of Euro 2012.

New York City and Manchester City are both part of the City Football Group, owned by Sheikh Mansour.

New York's squad includes two players on loan from Manchester City in defenders Shay Facey and Angelino plus a further two former City players in goalkeeper Eirik Johansen and Lampard, who is set to make his belated debut against Toronto on Sunday.


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