Pirlo: I almost joined Chelsea

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo revealed that he was close to joining former coach Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea three seasons ago.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Pirlo will be hoping to help his side secure qualification in the next stage of the Champions League and push Chelsea - the club he almost joined three years ago - to the brink of elimination.

The Italian playmaker admitted that Ancelotti, who spotted him and signed him at AC Milan a decade ago, was a huge lure to move to Chelsea when the manager was still in charge of the Blues a few seasons ago - only to be rebuffed when the Rossoneri rejected the move.

"Actually, Milan wouldn't let me go," he told the Daily Mail.

"I have a very strong connection with Ancelotti so I was in touch with him when he went to Chelsea and I'm still in touch with him now he's at Paris Saint-Germain.

"I had already started negotiating with the people at Chelsea but then finally Milan didn't let me go. That's why I stayed.

"Certainly it would have been a different experience that I'd have liked, especially when I was 30 years old. So why not? But unfortunately it didn't happen."

Asked if there was still time for a Premier League move in the future, the 33-year-old added: "Maybe, who knows? I don't know what might happen. You never know. I still have two years left with Juventus, this season and next.

"I like English football a lot. There are plenty of very good teams. They are very aggressive so it's always entertaining to watch.

"It wouldn't be a problem for me fitting into that particular style because I've played with different players with different characteristics throughout my career."

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