Andrea Pirlo has left Chelsea fans groaning in disbelief at their unfortunate luck at missing out on the Italian playmaker when he was still in his prime.
The veteran superstar shared in his autobiography that he came very close to joining the Blues, but was talked out of leaving his then club – AC Milan – by Italian Prime Minister and AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.
Pirlo said in his autobiography, ‘I had already reached an agreement with Chelsea, then after Berlusconi intervened and I stayed at Milan. I was also very close with Capello at Real Madrid and nearly joined them in 2006. Guardiola then convinced me to join Barcelona in 2011, but Berlusconi stepped in again.’
It is widely believed that Pirlo is referring to a time when Carlo Ancelotti was Chelsea’s manager and though Ancelotti did win the double with the Blues, he failed to bring them success in Europe which they so desperately craved.
The 33 year old ended his 10 year stay at Milan in 2011 and moved to Juventus, and hasn’t looked back since, guiding the Old Lady of Turin to back to back Serie A titles. Chelsea fans though will certainly wonder about what might have been had Pirlo moved to Stamford Bridge instead.