Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo announced on Sunday that he intends to bring his glittering career to an end in December when his contract with Major League Soccer side New York City FC expires.
The 38-year-old won six Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies as well as the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
Italian midfielder though hinted his reunion with former Juventus and Italy boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea in a background coaching role.
REASON FOR RETIRING
Andrea Pirlo will hang up his boots in December when his contract with his Major League Soccer side comes to an end.
The former Italy midfielder, 38, will play his final game for the New York City at the end of the MLS season and return to Europe.
“You realize that the time has come,” he told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Every day you have physical problems, you are no longer able to train as you would like because you always have some problem.
“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 NOT RULING OUT POSSIBLE CONTE REUNION
Pirlo is expected to join the Chelsea backroom staff once the MLS season ends.
Italian midfielder opened about his post-retirement plan, “My future, I don’t know yet. I will return to Italy in December.
“An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide.”
PIRLO’S PRAISE FOR CONTE
The 2006 World Cup winner worked with Conte at Juventus and Italy. “One of his 20-minute video sessions is worth three days of training,” Pirlo said.
“You quickly understand what you have to do. He has improved over the years and with his will to win, he always gives everything. He is one of the best.”
Andrea Pirlo on whether he will work for Antonio Conte after retiring: "People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide." pic.twitter.com/k7IVEee0ge
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Conte was the manager who brought him to Juventus when he was released by AC Milan. Pirlo is expected to join the Chelsea backroom staff alongside Conte. The arrival of Pirlo would benefit the likes of N’Golo Kante, Tiemeoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater. Pirlo’s qualities are not unknown. Any team would love to have him as a coach and it’s a surprise that no other side is trying to get him. It would only improve the squad even more.