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Even before the start of the 2014 World Cup, Andrea Pirlo had already revealed to the media about his desire of retiring from playing international football with Italy as the player of Juventus stated that this would be the last tournament he plays for his nation.
Italy played terrible during the World Cup and was eliminated from the worldwide tournament without even being able on getting past the group stages and ultimately led to Cesare Prandelli resigning from his position as the manager of the Italian squad even though the contract that he had already signed some months ago stated that he would continue with the squad until the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
The managerial position of the Italian national squad is available with Roberto Mancini being one of the favorites on taking up the position as the successor of the recently departed Cesare Prandelli and Andrea Pirlo has kept the doors opened for a possible return and play with Italy once more.
“If the new national coach thinks he needs me, I will happily remain available. “If I am needed, then there’s no problem in coming back,” Pirlo said during the team’s return to Italy.
Even at his 35 years of age, Andrea Pirlo still plays a pivotal role not only for Italy but also for Juventus as the Italian midfielder recently signed a contract extension with his club that will see him remaining at the Juventus Arena at least until 2016.
The Italian squad has been a subject of heavy criticism after fairly to advance through the group stages of the World Cup in 2 consecutive instances as they also made a number of underwhelming performances during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which led to them being knocked out in the group stages.
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Andrea Pirlo recently came out with an autobiography, which said several things about his professional life. He had discussed about how he came extremely close to joining Chelsea in 2009 when Carlo Ancelotti moved to the London outfit as the new manager. He has also spoken about how former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was interested in signing him. Pirlo is regarded as one of the world’s best playmakers. Barcelona already have a number of such players in the form of Xavi and Iniesta. Despite this, Pirlo reveals that the Catalan club were interested in making a move.
It was only because of the persistence from Milan that the player ended up staying at the club. The 34-year-old is currently playing for Juventus and is one important players at the club. He is on course to helping the team left their third straight Italian Serie A title. Even though he is linked with an exit from the club in the last few months, Pirlo continues to be an important fixture in the centre of midfield for Antonio Conte’s men. Guardiola has signed a couple of players from Milan, but Pirlo could have been one of the important amongst them if the 34-year-old’s revelation in the autobiography is to be believed.
“I’d love to play at San Siro in the same team as Ronaldinho. The coach here doesn’t even talk to me. In the last six months, he’s spoken to me twice. We’re already very strong, I really couldn’t ask for better, but you’d be the icing on the cake. We’re looking for a midfielder to alternate with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets, and that midfielder is you. You’ve got all the attributes to play for Barcelona, and one in particular – you’re world class,” said Guardiola to Pirlo.
The 34-year-old has come up against Barcelona several times in his career.
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