Monday, 9 October 2017

READ: Why Andrea Pirlo would be a great addition for Chelsea


Ray Wilkins believes Andrea Pirlo would be a "great addition" for Chelsea if he were to join Antonio Conte's backroom staff.

The Italian midfielder, currently with New York City, confirmed on Sunday that he will conclude his career at the end of the current Major League Soccer season at the age of 38.

Wilkins, who has had two spells at the club as assistant manager, believes Pirlo would be the right fit for Chelsea.

"I said this at the start of the season because Steve Holland left, I thought Pirlo would be the ideal guy," Wilkins said.

"He speaks English, he knows Antonio Conte really well and would be a great addition to the Chelsea backroom staff."

Pirlo was linked with a move to Chelsea when Carlo Ancelotti was in charge before he opted to join Conte at Juventus.

The pair won three Serie A league titles together in three years in Turin.

Wilkins added: "If you can get an ear like Pirlo's back in the set-up it would be a massive assistance to him (Conte). Observation is really important.

"When you play with the elitists, which is what Chelsea are, then you need little snippets of everything. It's only fine details that change a drawing side into a winning side. I think he would be a good addition."

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