New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo confirmed recently that he will retire from playing football at the end of the MLS season in December.

The former Italy international has enjoyed an illustrious career, and spent a large section of his glory days at Juventus working under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. He also represented his country while being managed by the Blues boss during his stint in charge.

The pair evidently share a positive relationship and share similar footballing ideologies. This has led to speculation in recent times that Pirlo could link up with Conte at Chelsea.

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As quoted by the Evening Standard, the experienced midfielder was coy over his future in the game, and while he refused to rule out a reunion with his former boss, Pirlo admitted that he will not go straight into a new role.

An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide. My future, I don’t know yet. I will return to Italy in December.

Pirlo, aged 38, is sure to go down as one of Italy’s greatest players.

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