Andrea Pirlo backs Montella to remain in charge of AC Milan

09 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will retire at the end of the MLS season

The 38-year-old midfielder told Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Dev Trehan of Sky Sports News) that this season would be his last before hanging up his boots, with the great man expressing doubts about his physicality at this point in his career.

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has defended the Azzurri's poor form and rejected claims the state of football in his homeland is in poor health.

"Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you like because you always have some stuff. I'll do something else".

The 1998-1999 squad of Inter boasted of Javier Zanetti, Diego Simeone, Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo and many more, which proved hard for a then 19-year-old Pirlo to establish himself as a first team regular. "It's just right to give young players room, give a hand to teammates and to the coach", Pirlo said.

715 games, 116 Italy caps and 18 trophies later, the former Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan midfielder has come a long way since making his Serie A debut for Brescia against Reggiana in May, 1996, but his playing days are nearly over.

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Incidentally, rumors are circulating that Pirlo will become assistant head coach to Chelsea's Antonio Conte. I have ideas, but give me time to decide.

"Now I'm concentrated and trying to finish well, as soon as I'm back in Italy I'll be studying to be a coach, because you never know".

He moved to Juventus in 2011 after a decade with Milan, launching a wildly successful run in which he won four-consecutive Serie A titles and made another appearance in the Champions League final. He played crucial role in AC Milan's domination of football in early 2000s and went onto win a host of domestic as well as continental trophies during his 10 year stay at Rossoneri.

He won 116 senior caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006 and reaching the final of Euro 2012. "I'll play golf and tennis to keep fit".

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