Legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he has turned down a coaching role at Premier League club Chelsea FC.
Earlier this week, Pirlo announced his retirement from the game of football. The Italian midfielder said that his last match will be at the end of this MLS season for his team New York City FC. The 38-year old however has said that his former Juventus and Italy coach, Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches he has ever played under.
During his interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Pirlo had high praises for the current Chelsea boss. The former Juventus player said that Conte is someone who gives his players convincing explanation about things and someone whose attention to detail is impressive.
“One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days on the training ground. You immediately understand what it is you have to do. He is one of the best, absolutely.”– Pirlo stated.
He also added that Conte has improved as a lot, as a manager and his desire to win makes him one of the greatest coaches on the planet today.
When asked about his retirement, Pirlo said that people need to realize that the time has come for him bow out of the game. The 38-year-old said that one of the major reasons why he has decided to call it a career is due to his physical problems. He also claimed that he is not being able to train the way he used to a few years back.
“At my age, you have to say enough. It is not as if you can keep going till you are 50. I will do something else.” – Pirlo added. The former AC Milan player said that he still remains uncertain regarding his future planning (After his retirement from the game). However, he did confirm that he will return to his homeland of Italy in December once the current MLS season wraps up.
Pirlo also addressed the rumors regarding him taking up a coaching role at Chelsea FC. The two-time Champions League winner stated that there is still time to decide whether he will take up a job as a coach or not.
“An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide.”– Andrea Pirlo.
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