New York City maestro Andrea Pirlo has informed the world that he will bring his staggering career to an end at the end of this Major League Soccer season. While this may be a loss for every football fan around the world it could be have a major impact in West London. Antonio Conte has worked with the creative midfielder in the past and the pair have a great relationship. Rumours circulated that he may be joining Chelsea’s coaching staff and the former Juventus midfielder did not deny the truth in them.
It is easy to see why Chelsea fans would be excited at the thought of Pirlo passing on his wisdom to their players. His senior career started back in 1995 and since then he has travelled around Italian football becoming a legendary figure in the game. His career took an unexpected turn in 2001. Frustrated at Inter Milan he sought a move away in the hope he would receive more game time elsewhere. He joined potentially the most unlikely club, city rivals AC Milan.
Inter almost immediately regretted letting the young Pirlo leave as their rivals had a successful period in Pirlo’s 10 years at the club. The play-maker won 2 Champions Leagues and 2 Serie A titles with Milan. Playing 400 times for Milan cemented his status as a legend at the club. In 2011 it was time for a new challenge for the holding midfielder and he ended his 13 years in the city of Milan for a move to Turin.
He joined Italy’s most famous club, Juventus, in 2011 and funnily enough a spell of pure dominance of Italian football followed. A 5 year wait for a title gone. Pirlo and his new team mates were not done there. ‘The Old Lady’ won Serie A every year that Pirlo was at the club. 4 titles to show for his 4 seasons in Turin. A remarkable record to say the least.
He left for the MLS in 2015 and has done a great job advertising the game state side. It will perhaps be his efforts with the Italian national side that will be remembered in the future. Pirlo was a vital part of the 2006 World Cup winning Italian side. He played 116 times for his country at senior level as well as playing for them at all youth levels and at an Olympic Games. Pirlo has succeeded at every level of football.
That’s what Chelsea stand to gain from employing the Italian. While Pirlo has not exactly distanced himself from the job he has confirmed he will return to Italy when the MLS season finishes. A well earned break for the legend.
Issues at Chelsea mean that there are rumours that Conte wants to return to Italy himself. He has said that he aims to do this in the future but offered no dates. It has been suggested it could be sooner rather than later and the end of this season has been suggested. Therefore the relationship between Pirlo and Conte could be irrelevant as Pirlo may not start work until the start of the next Premier League campaign and Conte, if rumours are to be believed, will not be at Chelsea.
Pirlo, while being inexperienced, would be a great addition to any clubs coaching staff. It seems that Chelsea with Conte would be the favourites to receive his signature. He has had a successful playing career and is the type of person who could be a great manager. Given the scale of his first potential coaching job with Chelsea he could be fast tracked into management. While English football was never blessed with his grace on the football pitch, it may be the location for his coaching apprenticeship and who knows? Maybe his first venture into football management.
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