Friday, 20 October, 2017

Modern great Andrea Pirlo to retire in December: 'The time has come'

Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will retire at the end of the MLS season Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will retire at the end of the MLS season
Wilma Wheeler | 09 October, 2017, 00:32

"Every day you have physical problems, you can not train as you like because you always have some stuff".

Prior to his reign at Stamford Bridge, Conte enjoyed three trophy laden years at Juventus with Pirlo one of his most trusted players. "At my age, that's enough, you can't go on forever, I will do something else". It's not as though you can go on until you're 50.

"At 38 it is right to give young players the space to develop, I'm not angry, instead I will look to help my teammates and the coach". I'm going to do something else at 38.

Pirlo had spent the last two seasons in the MLS with NYC FC, having called time on his astonishing career in Italy's Serie A.

His success across spells at AC Milan and Juventus proved how influential the midfield maestro could be; winning five consecutive league titles crossing over his spells with the two clubs.

He also said that he had not made any decisions regarding working with Conte at Chelsea and suggested that the stories were just rumours. "It wasn't just that I wanted to come back to Italy, but AC Milan is a legendary club and they had a great team".

"Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide", he added.

Palace have yet to win this season and are still searching for their first goal of the league campaign.

Pirlo then joined NYCFC in the summer of 2015.

The 2006 World Cup victor with Italy started 32 games for NYCFC in 2016, logging one goal and 10 assists before he ultimately fell out of favor with head coach Patrick Vieira this season, effectively losing his starting midfield role to 19-year-old Yangel Herrera.

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