No matter who you support, it’d be very difficult to hate Chelsea if they had Andrea Pirlo on their coaching staff.
The 37-year-old is playing for New York City in the MLS, but this is likely to be his last season before he hangs up his boots.
Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins has revealed that there’s a genuine possibility that Antonio Conte could offer his compatriot the number two role at Stamford Bridge, as the midfielder has already visited several times this season.
Wilkins told talkSPORT:
“I know for a fact he has been around Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions this year.
“He’s the one that Antonio Conte would like. He managed him at Juventus until he was 34.
“He is the one he will want to come in [to replace outgoing Steve Holland].”
Pirlo is thought to still be close to Conte from their time in Turin.
Chelsea generally tend to plump for an English coach as assistant manager, but the former Juventus and Italy star does speak the language well.
It also shouldn’t be underestimated how influential the legend of the game could be in the dressing room.
Conte may be a lot more animated, but Pirlo would be a huge inspiration to the players, so it makes perfect sense for his former boss to try and get him on board.