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Andrea Pirlo not ruling out future Chelsea coaching role

Andrea Pirlo says that he 'needs time to decide' his next career move after announcing his retirement plans, amid suggestions that he could join Chelsea's coaching staff.

Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo has refused to rule out joining former boss Antonio Conte as part of Chelsea's backroom coaching staff.

The 38-year-old announced on Sunday that he intends to bring his glittering career to an end in December when his contract with Major League Soccer side New York City FC expires.

Pirlo was linked with a coaching position at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, only for Conte to rule out a reunion as the deep-lying playmaker was focused on extending his playing career at the time.

However, probed about the rumours, Pirlo told reporters: "An assistant to Conte? People are saying that. I have my ideas but I need time to decide. I don't know yet. I will will return to Italy in December."

Pirlo, a 2006 World Cup winner, has previously worked under Conte for Juventus and the Italy national side.

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Juventus' midfielder Andrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football match Juventus vs Olympique Lyonnais, on April 10, 2014
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