Italian Legend Andrea Pirlo To Retire At The End Of The Year

Italian Legend Andrea Pirlo To Retire At The End Of The Year

On hanging up the boots, Pirlo claimed: "You just realise that the time has come".

Pirlo emerged from the Brescia youth academy and spent three seasons with Inter before joining city rivals AC Milan in 2001 a move which would transform his career. Each day, you have physical problems and you can't train as you would like to because there's always some niggle. "I'll do something else".

The 38-year-old revealed the value of Conte's attention to detail, highlighting the effectiveness of the Chelsea bosses tactical video sessions.

"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".

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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Pirlo also spoke on talks that he could go to England and join fellow countryman Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Pirlo has won the Serie A title four times with Juventus.

"I'll do something else, I'll be back in Italy in December", he added. There are things that are said, but give me time to decide. At Milan, he won the Italian league title and Champions League twice each. It depends on the opportunities that you get offered.

"After 25 years of football, I will be at home with my family".

"It's true that we have had two bad exits from the World Cup, but in the middle we had two great Euro campaigns with a final and a good showing in France. I'll keep myself in form playing golf and tennis".