Ancelotti tried to sign Pirlo for Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti wanted to sign Andrea Pirlo for Chelsea, according to the Italian’s former assistant Giorgio Ciaschini.
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Ancelotti managed Pirlo for nine seasons at AC Milan, before leaving to take over at Stamford Bridge in 2009, with the playmaker departing for Juventus on a free transfer two seasons later.
Ancelotti spent two seasons at Chelsea, winning the Premier League and FA Cup double before being cruelly sacked after finishing the 2010/11 campaign without a trophy.
The 54-year-old was appointed PSG boss in December 2011, leading the French club to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years before leaving to take over at Real Madrid this summer.
Ciaschini, who was Ancelotti’s assistant at AC Milan and scouted for him at Chelsea, has revealed that Ancelotti has wanted Azzurri legend Pirlo at all three clubs but Juventus have been reluctant to sell the playmaker.
“Andrea is a player who quit Milan after giving the impression that he could be in better shape physically, not for tactical or technical reasons,” Ciaschini told Spanish newspaper AS.
“He could fit into any side. Ancelotti asked about him while he was at Chelsea, last season when he was at PSG and even recently with Real Madrid. Pirlo is a universal footballer. The problem is that Juventus are not that keen on letting him leave,” he added.
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