Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo has confirmed that he will take up a coaching role within the game and sighted Inter coach Antonio Conte as the inspiration behind his decision.
Pirlo made 570 appearances in a career that spanned over two decades and by the time he retired in 2014 he had won six Scudetti, two Champions League titles and a World cup, as well as multiple Coppa Italia winners medals.
“I have already spoken to someone about a role, I have been preparing to start in July,” Pirlo said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I have a great desire to start a new and totally different path. I think I can become a good football teacher.”
“I have always done it and I feel I understand what players need. Playing well helps to reach the result.”
Pirlo says that working under Conte gave him the desire to pursue a career in coaching.
“It is because of him [Conte] that I started thinking about being a coach, he is the best I have had,” he added.
“He showed us 40-50 minutes of video every day. I told myself I could and I wanted to do it too.”
Pirlo didn’t confirm which club he had discussed a role with but he is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders to ever play the game and will be an asset wherever he lands.