Andrea Pirlo reveals discussions over coaching roles with Italy and clubs

Andrea Pirlo retired from playing last year.

Andrea Pirlo has held talks with members of the Italian FA and some clubs as he considers the next step in his career.

Pirlo, 38, brought down the curtain on his playing days last year and will be given an official send-off at a San Siro testimonial next month.

He has been working as a pundit but is considering a future in coaching and told La Gazzetta dello Sport he is weighing up his next move.

“I’ve had discussions with many people, both for the national team and for clubs, but there will be time to make considerations,” he said.

Pirlo’s former AC Milan and Italy teammate Gennaro Gattuso was recently given a three-year contract as AC Milan coach.

“I didn’t expect him to do so well,” he said. “He’s done well in Serie B and Serie C and he’s changed the Milan team in a short space of time.

“Now they are playing nice football and, with his spirit, he’s brought passion back to the fans.

“Compliments to him and the club. It was a risky decision but they did well to put their faith in him. Rino earned his contract.”

Pirlo also tipped another of his former coaches, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, to enjoy even more success in future.

“I played for him at Milan and Juve and he’s improving year on year, both in Italy and in Europe,” he said.

“He’s very good at managing top players and he’s going to have even greater success in future. While Juve are this strong, it’s going to be hard for any of their rivals.

“I think they are the best team in Italy, and it’s hard to beat them.”

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.