Andrea Pirlo has hinted that he could soon move to Chelsea and become Antonio Conte’s assistant manager after announcing his intention to retire as a player (via The Metro).

There aren’t many players as successful and universally appreciated as Andrea Pirlo.

So, there were mixed emotions when the Italian midfielder set an end date for his playing career once his contract at New York City FC expires at the end of the MLS season.

“You realise that the time has come,” the Italian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Every day you have physical problems, you are no longer able to train as you would like because you always have some problem.

“At my age you have to say enough. It is not as if you can keep going till you are 50. I will do something else.”

The Italian has almost won it all including the 2006 World Cup, two Champions League titles and six Serie A championships. Pirlo was then asked what his plans were once he hangs up his boots.

“My future, I don’t know yet. I will will return to Italy in December,” Pirlo went on.

“An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide.”

So, he hasn’t exactly turned down the potential position. Andrea Pirlo is one of the most respective figures in the game today and possesses incredible technical ability. If he can utilise these skills then the Italian could prove to be an excellent addition to the Chelsea coaching setup.