Bad news for Mr. Ancelotti!
Andrea Pirlo has ended speculation that he will join Chelsea by announcing that he has been taken off the transfer market by AC Milan and hopes to stay with the Serie A side for the rest of his career.
Andrea Pirlo hopes to help AC Milan overcome the loss of Paolo Maldini and Kaka this season.
The Italy midfielder has been linked with a move to the big-spending English Premier League club since coach Carlo Ancelotti quit Milan at the end of May and agreed to take over from Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old revealed on the Milan Web site that new team boss Leonardo was happy to keep him at the San Siro.
“Today is a great day, I’m very happy to be able to end my career here,” Pirlo said on Thursday.
“This is thanks to president Silvio Berlusconi, Adriano Galliani and Leonardo who have given me the possibility to end my career here by taking me off the market.
“When they communicated this news to me, we were all happy. Finally this story ends and I can continue my adventure with the Rossoneri. (CNN)
This will come as a blow to Carlo Ancelotti who was clearly very keen to sign his former AC Milan favourite and no doubt the west London club’s supporters who had hoped the Italian international would make the move to west London.
It appears the move may have just been a ploy to get himself a new deal at the San Siro, I know, who would have thought it! It’s so unlike a player to do something like that, but hey ho, it was always going to be hard to fit the visionary veteran into the clubs now crowded midfield.